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A HACKER MANIFESTO [version ] McKenzie Wark Manifestation. There is a double spooking the world, the double of abstraction. The fortunes of states. Buy A Hacker Manifesto on ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders. In the widespread revolt against commodified information, Wark sees a utopian promise, beyond property, and a new progressive class, the hacker class, who.

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Waro wants to be free but is everywhere in chains. What remains is the release of its virtuality. The gift becomes a marginal form of property, everywhere invaded by the commodity, and turned towards mere consumption.

A Hacker Manifesto by Kenneth McKenzie Wark

There is a third politics, which stands outside the alliances and compromises of the post world. Jtroduction that produces subjects as if they were objects produces also its own — temporary — return of a free produc- tivity beyond qark vectoral subject.

Abstractions re- [Oisi lease the potential of the material world. The Best Jazz of Hackers come as a class to recognize their class interest is best expressed through the struggle to free the production of abstraction, not just from the particular fetters of this or that form of property, but to abstract the form of property itself Ihe time is past due when hackers must come together with workers and farmers — with all of the producers of the world — to liberate productive and inventive resources from the myth of scarcity.

One may acquire an education, as if it were a thing, but one becomes knowledgeable, through a process of transformation. To hack is to produce or apply the abstract to information and express the possibility of new worlds. What may be free from the commodity form altogether is not land, not capital, but information.

This article has multiple issues. The most challenging hack for our time is to express this common experience of the world. Where communication merely requires the repetition of this commodified difference, information is the production of the difference of difference.


And like Charlie Kaufman’s screenplay, the first one is where we initially enter the narrative, but the second is where the story actually starts. Under the influence of capital, the state sanctions nascent forms of intellectual property, such as patents and copyrights, that secure an inde- pendent existence for hackers as a class, and a flow of inno- vations in culture and science from which history issues.

But most remain workers, even though they work with information rather than cotton or metal. They must become the means of coordination of the ex- pression of a movement capable of connecting the objective representation of things to the presentation of a subjective action.

Information circulated within working class culture as a social property belonging to all. They produce the material is forearmed. The spatial and temporal axes of free information must do more offer a representation of things, as a thing apart.

As the abstraction of private property is extended to infor- mation, it produces the hacker class as a class, as a class able to make of its innovations in abstraction a form of property.

haacker To abstract hackers as a class is to ab- stract the very concept of class itself. But now the stakes are far higher. Information is indeed the very potential for there to be objects and subjects.

Indeed, much of the book originally appeared on the nettime listserv. And the term vectoralist, besides being opaque and unwieldy, implies a distinction between the new ruling order and the bourgeois class of traditional Marxist analysis that may be not only unwarranted, but perhaps even counterproductive.

A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark

What the producing classes – farmers, workers and hackers – have in common is an interest in freeing production from its subordination to ruling classes who turn production into the production of new necessities, who wrest slavery from surplus. But this class still labors for the benefit of another class, to whose interests its own interests are subordinated. But where education teaches what one may produce with an abstrac- tion, the knowledge most useful for the hacker class is of how abstractions are themselves produced.


The hacker now appears in the official organs of the ruling order alongside its earlier ar- chetypes, the organized worker, the rebellious farmer.

Neither stocks nor flows of information exist without vectors along which they may be actualised. Wark declares his text to be in the “crypto-Marxist” tradition, which includes Walter Benjamin, Debord, Deleuze and Guattari and a host of other visionary theorists. One may acquire an education, as if it was a thing, but one becomes knowledgeable through a process of transformation. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

While Wark displays a deep understanding of the philosophical foundations of Marxist ideas, there are problems with his use of the concepts of Marxist economics. Classes may form alliances of mutual interest against other classes, or may arrive at a “historic compromise,” for a time. Knowledge, as such, is only ever partially captured by education, its practice always eludes and exceeds it.

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This book views itself as a participant in an ongoing conversation about resistance and revolt. This shared interest is so hard to grasp precisely because it is a shared interest in qualitative differentiation. wafk

What the farming, working and hacking classes have in [I common is an interest in abstracting production firom its subordination to ruling classes who turn production into the production of new necessities, manifeeto wrest slavery from sur- plus.

Hackers find themselves dispossessed both individually, and as a class. Even dissenting history takes form within insti- tutions not of its making.