While the old institutions that grew up over the past hundred years to protect us now find themselves unable to comprehend or cope with the new systems of power. Politicians, regulatory institutions, intelligence agencies, the mainstream press, the police, the BBC, the colleges of academia- all of them, as McClure said in 1903:
And cut off from the real power struggles – these old institutions are starting to prey on each other. Leaving us both confused and undefended.
One newspaper editor writing about the loss of the independence of the farmers a hundred years ago summed up the new system:
“The farmers farm the land, and the businessmen farm the farmers.”
Maybe today we are being farmed by the new system of power. But we can’t see quite how it is happening – and we need a new journalism to explain what is really going on.