And I absolutely agree with this - in the real world. This is the WoD, where everything is a little bit more extreme. Be it the influence of extreme political groups, the mass of people being forced across the globe, the econonomic balance act that states need to do, etc.
So yeah, I can quite see how in the WoD, things are not quite as easy in theory as they are in our surroundings.
What I DO wish they had done in the Prelude, is give you the thematic choice - between the Traditions and the Technocracy - and to get an *explaination* from either side, from their point of view. Takes away the guesswork we're now left with, especially given that the Technocracy has been established as a valid player faction since Revised.
If they are trying to make them pure antagonists again in 5Ee, that'd be a major step back in the 'all shades of grey' setting of mage.