The centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is l ... stop me if you've heard this. As a rule there's nothing more lame-o than kicking off an article with Yeats' little number -- apart from 'The Oxford dictionary defines 'desperate lede' as .."' or, to be up-to-date, "a Google search of the phrase 'desperate hacks out of ideas' yields ...". Quite aside from anything else, there's always been something contradictory about quoting a poem from 1911 to demonstrate that something unprecedented is happening.

Nevertheless, over the past few months, it's become clear that, well, the centre cannot hold. Power -- state power, corporate power, social power -- and the way in which these separate poles relate to each other has been in flux for some time. Recently, that became visible in a myriad different ways, big and small. To put it in point form ...