What is the ‘New World Order’ and why did Joe Biden cause an uproar by using this phrase?

Joe Biden caused a stir at a gathering of business leaders at the White House on Monday when he hinted at a coming ‘new world order’ in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, apparently not stopping to consider the troublesome inheritance of the expression.

Addressing the Business Roundtable’s quarterly CEO meeting, which included the heads of General Motors, Apple and Amazon, Mr Biden concluded his remarks by saying: “Now is when things change. We’re going to–there’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it. And we must unite the rest of the free world to do so.

The phrase quickly began trending on Twitter, with commentators wasting no time in gloating over what they saw as the president’s presumably accidental invocation of a well-worn conspiracy theory claiming that a cabal elite globalist operating in the shadows was plotting to carve up the world and impose a totalitarian regime.

“I don’t want Joe Biden leading a line for Jello in a nursing home let alone the world,” one tweeted. “The crazies who brought us lockdowns creating ‘a New World Order’ is terrifying.”

“Have y’all forgotten everything we learned in those 2012 conspiracy videos?” says another. “Have you all forgotten mass vaccination, mass surveillance (vaccine passports) and a total police state is apart [sic] of the New World Order.

And so on. Another professed, seemingly sincerely: “I believe with all my heart that Joe Biden was installed by the Globalists, Babylon included, to usher in the New World Order.

Anyone who bothered to listen to Mr Biden’s speech in full would have had no doubt that he was referring to the shifting sands of geopolitical relations in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. last month.

The conflict saw cities pulverized by savage siege warfare tactics, Ukrainians staged a brave response and alleged war crimes as bombs rained down on maternity wards, nurseries, shopping malls, a community theater and even a Holocaust memorial.

In the meantime, the international community has taken steps to impose punitive economic sanctions against Russian companies, banks, politicians and oligarchs unlike anything seen before, shunning the country’s exports and energy as that companies go out of business, interrupting it commercially and diplomatically in hopes of forcing a cessation of hostilities.

Mr Biden warned CEOs gathered in Washington that Russia could retaliate with new cyberattacks on the West and use chemical weapons against Ukrainian civilians as the conflict turns into a long war of attrition, rather than conquest fast as Mr Putin seems to have envisioned.

All of this means that the balance of power between nations will inevitably be upset as the world seeks to revamp diplomatic relations to exclude the Kremlin – as long as Mr Putin remains in charge and his war against a free democratic nation continues without control, that is – which is clearly what the American president was referring to.

Historically, the phrase “New World Order” has been commonplace and used in much the same way as Mr. Biden by Woodrow Wilson and Sir Winston Churchill in the aftermath of World Wars I and II respectively and, more recently, by George HW Bush in response to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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In an address to a joint session of Congress on September 11, 1990, the first President Bush delivered a speech actually titled “Towards a New World Order” in which he directly quoted Mr. Churchill.

“Until now, the world we have known has been a divided world – a world of barbed wire and concrete blocks, of conflict and Cold War,” he began.

“Now we can see a new world dawning. A world in which exists the real prospect of a new world order. In the words of Winston Churchill, a ‘world order’ in which ‘the principles of justice and fair play …protect the weak from the strong”. A world where the United Nations, freed from the stalemate of the Cold War, is ready to realize the historic vision of its founders. A world in which freedom and respect for human rights of man find their place among all nations.

However, the phrase has also been used in a far less optimistic sense, notably to promote Red Scare’s fears of the spread of the “international communist conspiracy” in the 1950s, which culminated in the shameful persecutions of Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. at the time.

This post-war vibe of paranoia tapped into much older social anxieties about the possibility of shadowy secret clans engaging in evil, which saw “witches” hunted, condemned and executed by Puritans in the 17th century in England, Scotland and America and fraternal organizations like the Freemasons accused of practicing Satanism.

The Illuminati, the model for all of the subsequent sinister closed-door cabals feared by conspiracy theorists — notably the adrenochrome-harvesting legion of Democrat fiends allegedly operating out of Hillary Clinton’s favorite pizzeria — have their origins in the German Enlightenment of the 18th century. century.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), belief in such a group plotting an insurgency to achieve its “new world order” first gained real prominence in the United States among anti-government extremists in the 1990s. .

“The conspirators believe that a tyrannical, socialist ‘one world’ conspiracy has already taken over most of the planet and plans to wipe out the last bastion of freedom, the United States, with the help from collaborators in government,” the ADL said.

“Through repressive measures, as well as fabricated crises such as terrorist attacks and pandemics, globalist conspirators seek to eliminate dissent and disarm Americans so that the ‘New World Order’ can take hold and enslave them.”

The ADL says its adherents believe the conspirators plan to one day declare martial law in the United States, confiscate firearms and round up dissidents in secret concentration camps.

A QAnon conspiracy theorist attends a protest in Los Angeles in August 2020

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The movement brings together America’s right-wing militant instincts with the doom prophecies of Christian fundamentalists – right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson has written a best-selling book titled The new world order in 1991 warning of imaginary enemies – and has exploded over the past three decades alongside the growth of the Internet, a feverish rumor of half-truths, political confusion and deliberate interpretations of bad faith in the best of case.

Conspiracy theories have now become a form of mass entertainment on social media, fueled by everything from X files to Alex Jones and culminating in QAnon’s choice-of-your-own-reality fringe fantasies, whose zealots, bored by lockdown during the pandemic, have mixed old anti-Semitic smears with quest-narrative mythologies and pop cultural borrowings from disturbing purposes.

Apparent blunders like Mr. Biden’s only serve as grist to the mill for those who choose to believe that lizardmen in silken hoods are gathering behind conference room doors to consult with their determined puppeteer overlord. to dominate the world and busy manipulating international events to achieve his villainous ends.

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