The folly of “New World Order” conspiracy theories

Although there is no topic that I am afraid or wary of discussing, I make it a general rule to avoid prolonged debate with certain people. Amongst these are conspiracy theorists and creationists, because their views are often so ingrained and – more importantly – so devoid of reason that it is near impossible to get anything even remotely constructive from the discussion.

However, I find that in recent times I have been coming across advocates of the belief that the “New World Order” secretly controls the world and, related to this, that the same NWO was the real agent behind the atrocities of 9/11. The issue arises from the fact that the people advocating this belief, with occasional exceptions, do not fall into the typical “conspiracy theorist” stereotype. They are not, overall, paranoid loners with no job desperately searching for meaning in their life. They are not inculcates of a charismatic and deceptive leader. No, they are quite often ordinary people living ordinary lives, with a genuine concern for the world that has been somehow subverted towards an utterly demented system of beliefs for which there is no substantial evidence.

There are very real problems in the world, and draping superstition and intangible boogeymen over that serves only as an irrelevant distraction at best.

Let’s take a typical exposition on the subject from one of the many conspiracist websites;

The New World Order is no longer a conspiracy theory; it is an established fact.

The “New World Order” has been a prominent conspiracy theory for decades[1]. Here and now, as the new millennium dawns, the New World Order has become a globally recognised political concept,[2] and as such it can no longer be regarded simply as a theory.

Mankind is now literally entering a new age, the Age of Aquarius, according to the ancient zodiacal calendar which is as old as human civilisation.[3] Aquarius is associated by astrologers with brotherhood, or fraternity, which is the cornerstone of Freemasonry.

The previous zodiacal age was that of Pisces. The zodiacal symbol of Pisces, the fish, is also an important Christian symbol, and it is noteworthy that the age of Pisces coincided with the age of Christianity. During the previous age dates were written with the suffix “A.D.” which stands for “Anno Domini” or “Year of Our Lord” denoting the era of Christ. Alternatively, dates were denoted “B.C.” – “Before Christ”.

In 2002 AD, as the Age of Pisces was giving way to the new age of Aquarius, the decision was officially taken to replace the BC/AD date referencing system with the new CE/BCE references which stand for “Common Era” and “Before the Common Era”.[4] What better way for the New Secular Order to proclaim the begginning of its reign than to secularise the way in which dates are recorded, replacing the Christian dating system of the old Order with a new, secular system for the for the Aquarian age?

Consider the official Great Seal of the Unites States of America[5], which is most commonly seen on the back of the one the dollar bill[6] – probably the world’s most familiar banknote. On the US Great Seal, beneath the ancient Pyramid, is the Latin inscription: “Novus Ordo Seclorum”. The official translation of this motto is “A New Order of the Ages”. The Latin word “Novus” means “New”, and “Ordo” means “Order”. The Latin word “Seclorum” and its English equivalent “Secularboth share the same three alternative definitions: (1) “Secular” – without religion; (2) “Worldly” – of this world; and (3) “From century to century” – or from age to age. Thus, the motto “Novus Ordo Seclorum” has three different but equally valid translations:

  • New Secular Order
  • New World Order
  • New Order of the Ages

The different meanings of Novus Ordo Seclorum are not mutually exclusive; in fact, they are synergistic. The alternative translations are all as pertinent today as they were “at the beginning of the new American era in 1776.” Let this be a testament the wisdom of the men who chose these words, for they demonstrate the esoteric power of language and the written Word.

If secret societies are able to display such esoteric and Masonic symbolism so prominently for us all to see, then perhaps this is indeed the age of Freemasonry. Amen.

Amen-Ra.

The United States of America, the lone superpower on the world stage and a rogue state, is working towards global hegemony. It has conducted wars of aggression, funded state-terrorism, and employed economic hitmen across the globe – primarily Latin America and the Middle East, but also Africa and Europe – in order to secure control of resources, cement regional influence, and guarantee US corporate domination. In the name of the “national interest,” it has ravaged the environment, supported Nazi-collaborators, fascists, and right-wing militias, annihilated indigenous peoples, and brought us to the brink of complete nuclear annihilation.

This much is true. It can all be verified with documentary evidence and even the official record. This is the scourge of our society – global capitalism, US imperialism, and aggressive militarism.

However, all the stuff that the “NWO”-conspiracists pile atop that is nonsense. Whether it’s the lathering of superstition (“Age of Aquarius,” the “bible prophecies” cited by nuts like Alex Jones, etc), the incorporation of nearly every other conspiracy theory under the sun (from fluoride in the water to secularists being Satan’s pawns), humoring far-right paranoia and bigotry (the erosion of Christianity, belief in the abhorrent forgery “protocols of the elders of Zion”), and sticking a bunch of sinister shadow-men at the top (Jews, aliens, lizard-people, freemasons, take your pick), it’s all without substance.

Noam Chomsky’s summation of the fallacies of the movement, here in relation to the “9/11 truth” conspiracies that revived belief in the New World Order, is particularly eloquent;

There’s by now a small industry on the thesis that the administration had something to do with 9-11. I’ve looked at some of it, and have often been asked. There’s a weak thesis that is possible though extremely unlikely in my opinion, and a strong thesis that is close to inconceivable. The weak thesis is that they knew about it and didn’t try to stop it. The strong thesis is that they were actually involved. The evidence for either thesis is, in my opinion, based on a failure to understand properly what evidence is. Even in controlled scientific experiments one finds all sorts of unexplained phenomena, strange coincidences, loose ends, apparent contradictions, etc. Read the letters in technical science journals and you’ll find plenty of samples. In real world situations, chaos is overwhelming, and these will mount to the sky. That aside, they’d have had to be quite mad to try anything like that. It would have had to involve a large number of people, something would be very likely to leak, pretty quickly, they’d all be lined up before firing squads and the Republican Party would be dead forever. That would have happened whether the plan succeeded or not, and success was at best a long shot; it would have been extremely hard to predict what would happen.

One part of the standard story is that they exploited the tragedy for their own purposes, which is certainly true, and was completely predictable; I pointed out in my first interviews a few hours later that every power system in the world would do that, including Washington, as they all did — one of the easiest predictions. So that shows nothing.

Anybody who understands power and empire knows that it – and particularly the marriage of state and private power for common purpose – is not only frequent but routine through history.

Elitism, imperialism, and the collusion of the powerful are realities that do not need neatly packaged and overly simplistic explanations behind them. As with the politics of racial and religious sectarianism, the NWO conspiracies ultimately achieves only one thing; to distract the masses from those truly responsible for the woes of the world and distract organised resistance to the ruling classes with outlandish straw men.

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