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“The nameless age”

“THE main mark of modern government is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politicians and not his backers; still less the backer of his backer; or (what is most important of all) the banker of the backer. We see the paper without seeing the editor, let alone seeing the proprietor, least of all the financial group (probably foreign) which really supplies and supports the proprietor. Anonymity, which is so near to anarchy, marks this age with a sort of enormous negation. Men have speculated much about the name by which history will call us; but I think our name will be the nameless age.
 
~G.K. Chesterton: G.K.’s Weekly, Aug. 7, 1926.

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