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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Neither is a politics that escapes the desire cultivated within the subject by the educational apparatus. It pro- education vides a meeting point for potential class allies.

The agricultural hack sets flows of dispossessed peasants in motion, and they become, at best, workers, selling their labor to an emerging capitalist class.

But information isn’t scarce; it’s all around and it’s cheap.

These struggles have never amounted to much until the develop- ment of the vector opened up the possibilities for the theft of information on a grand scale. McKenzie claims that free information is not a product, but a condition of the affective allocation of resources. This inspiring aphoristic text makes clear the hacker not cracker, as in malicious mischief ethic is one of creative-economic autonomy, and applies to all creatives, not just machine code warriors.

A Hacker Manifesto

Not always great things, or even good things, but new things. Information is indeed the very potential for there to be objects and subjects. The hacker class have an ambivalent relationship mankfesto education.

Information in itself is a mere thing. However, media developments also have unintended effects: Regressive politics brings together luddite impulses from the left with racist and reactionary impulses from the right in an unholy alliance against new sources of power.

Dispossessed farmers become workers, only to be dispossessed again. They must become the means of coordination of the statement of a movement, at once manivesto and subjective, capable of connecting the objective representation of things to the presentation of a subjective action.


Harold Innis and his student Marshall McLuhan describe how throughout history royals, priests and bureaucrats successively used carved stone, incised clay tablets, handwritten papyrus, parchment and paper, and print and electronic media as methods of control through communication.

Since information cannot exist in a pure, immaterial form, neither can the hacker class.

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It discovers the immaterial virtuaHty of the material, its qualities of information. If you ahcker get ahold of this beautiful hard copy, visit http: This vexed ground, the realm of so-called “intellectual property,” gives rise to a whole new kind of class conflict, one that pits the creators of information–the hacker class of researchers and authors, artists and biologists, chemists and musicians, philosophers and programmers–against a possessing class who would monopolize what the hacker produces.

History becomes an endless “development” in which nature is seized as an object, and made over in the form that suits a particu- wwark subjective interest. S peasants become farmers through the appropriation of [I their land, they still retain some autonomy over the disposi- tion of their working time. Hackers must sell their capacity for abstraction to a class hackrr owns the means of production, the vectoralist class – the emergent ruling class of our time.

Wark, A Hacker Manifesto

They maintain control by waging hakcer intensive struggle to dispossess hackers of their intellectual property”, enforced by a series of patent and copyright laws that are manjfesto to separate the hacker class from the fruits of their labor. The vector is a power over all of the world, but a power that is not evenly distributed. Third nature appears as the totality of images and stories that provide for second nature a context, an environment, within which it comes to represent itself as the spectacle of a natural order.


This conflict arises out of the difference in the property form based on land as opposed to capital, which are qualitatively different kinds of abstrac- tions. It is [ another way of representing the unrepresentable multiplic- ity from which the hack expresses its ever-renewable forms. To be sure, Marx’s own axioms of private property and alienated labor as the roots of capitalist exploitation are themselves hacked from Rousseau’s “Second Discourse” on the origins of hacked among humankind.

Where communication merely requires the repetition of this commodified difference, information is the production of the difference of difference. Of course not every new abstraction yields a productive appli- cation to the world.

The vectoral class is driving this world to the brink of dis- aster, but it also opens up the world to the resources for overcoming its own destructive tendencies. The so-called anti-globalisation protests of the 90s are a ripple caused by the wake of these signal events, but a ripple that did not know the current to which warkk truly belonged.

It does not yet possess a consciousness of its consciousness. To hack is always to produce a difference, if only a minute difference, in the production of information.

While exclusivity of property may be necessary with land, it makes no sense whatsoever in science, art, philosophy, cinema or music.