That was what I was arguing today, oh dear oh dear. Among other things. How you can see this for yourself: read chapter fifteen of Capital 1. He talks about the difference between tools and machines. This difference only makes sense if what "machine" means is correlated to a (human) subject.
Is this the reason, or one reason, why Soviet economies have failed thus far? Because they have not achieved escape velocity from modernity?
He asked provocatively.