The claim: President Joe Biden said there was a ‘new world order’
References to a “new world order” have spread on social media amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the term has gained popularity after it was used by President Joe Biden in a speech in March.
“Now is a time when things change,” Biden told a crowd of CEOs at the Business Roundtable’s quarterly meeting March 21. “There is going to be a new world order, and we have to lead it. And we have to unite the rest of the free world to do it.
Hours after his remarks, #NewWorldOrder was trending on twitter. A flurry of posts have suggested that Biden’s use of the phrase confirms the existence of a decades-old conspiracy theory that global elites will take over the world and establish an authoritarian world government.
Them: “The New World Order is just a perfectly correct conspiracy theory. Biden: ‘We are entering a new world order’,” reads a March 22 Facebook post that generated more than 1,000 interactions in one day. “Some need you to start listening.”
A number of social media posts seized on Biden’s comments, saying Biden “said the quiet part out loud.” Posts containing the term “new world order” generated more than 278,000 reactions on March 22 on Facebook, according to CrowdTangle, a social media analytics tool.
On Twitter, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., wrote, “Reject the New World Order. Embrace America First.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., tweeted“There is no new world order coming on my watch.”
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This flurry of references ignores the long-standing historical significance of this phrase, however, giving a misleading impression of Biden’s remarks.
Biden mentioned a “new world order,” but he described international shifts in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, failing to confirm a conspiracy theory of world domination. Historians say politicians have used the term in speeches for decades.
USA TODAY has reached out to the Facebook pages that shared the posts for comment.
Biden used a term in reference to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
While ‘new world order’ is tied to a long-running anti-government conspiracy theory, experts say it’s common for politicians to use the term during global conflicts and times of change, as Biden did. .
Biden invoked that phrase while discussing international changes in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Biden said the world’s response to the Russian invasion presents “significant opportunities to make real change,” and that the world is at an “inflection point” that occurs every three to four generations.
Then he said this: “And now is a time 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’ve got to unite the rest of the free world doing it.”
Mark Pitcavage, senior fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said mentions of a new world order date back at least a century. It is usually used to describe a world situation after major events such as World Wars I and II.
However, he said, whenever the phrase is used by a prominent figure, right-wing extremists have seized on the comments to suggest they don’t want a peaceful nation but rather “a world socialist government” that would eliminate national borders. , liberties and liberty.
He pointed to instances where the phrase was used decades ago by President George HW Bush after the end of the Cold War. In a March 1991 speech to Congress on the Gulf War, Bush mentioned a new world order while directly quoting former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
“Now we can see a new world dawning. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order,” Bush said. “In the words of Winston Churchill, a world order in which ‘the principles of justice and fair play protect the weak against the strong.'”
Kathryn Olmsted, a history professor at the University of California, Davis, said in an email that Bush and Biden use the term in accordance with its historical meaning.
“Biden and Bush used the term in essentially the same way: to indicate that the international community needed or needs to cooperate to stop aggression,” Olmsted said.
Landon Firm, a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, noted how Biden’s speech mentioned the “world order” created after the end of World War II, often referred to as the “liberal international order.” “.
“It was marked by the decline of traditional overseas empires, particularly in the British Empire, and the rise of the United States as a global superpower,” Firm said by email. He added: “‘The international order’ is nothing more than the general patterns that describe international relations during a given period.”
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Our opinion: Missing context
Based on our research, we assess MISSING CONTEXT the claim that Biden said there is a “new world order” because without further details it could be misleading. Biden’s full speech shows he was discussing global changes in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. It did not confirm a one-world government conspiracy theory. Historians and experts say the term “new world order” has been used by politicians for decades to describe international changes during a new period in history.
Our fact-checking sources:
- Anti-Defamation League, accessed March 24, New World Order
- The White House, March 21, President Biden’s remarks ahead of the quarterly Business Roundtable CEO meeting
- Landon Firm, March 22, email exchange with USA TODAY
- Mark Pitcavage, March 22, phone interview with USA TODAY
- The New York Times, 17 February 1991, On Language; The New World Order
- C-SPAN, April 13, 1991, Keynote Address on the New World Order
- USA TODAY, September 30, 2021, Fact Check: Out-of-context clip falsely suggests Chicago Mayor supports ‘New World Order’
- News.com.au, September 11, 2021, Three words that sent Dr Kerry Chant out into the world
- Public Records of the Presidents of the United States, March 6, 1991, speech before a joint session of Congress on the cessation of the Persian Gulf conflict
- Kathryn Olmsted, March 22, email exchange with USA TODAY
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