The Machine

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I would just like to review some aspects of Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of machines here to show how it can help us to define contemporary capitalism. The ways in which this machine theory and post-operaist theory converge, as well as how they differ, should then become apparent. If we adopt Deleuze and Guattari’s perspective, we can state clearly that capitalism is neither a “mode of production” nor is it a system. Rather it is a series of devices for machinic enslavement and, at the same time, an series of devices for social subjection. These devices are machines but, as Gerald makes clear, following Deleuze and Guattari’s line of argument, machines do not depend on techne. The technological machine is only one instance of machinism. There are also technical, aesthetic, economic, social, etc. machines.
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eipcp.net | transversal - eipcp multilingual webjournal ISSN 1811 - 1696

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Translated by Mary O’Neill