Conspiracy theorists all have their pet theories. Some focus on older topics like the JFK assassination or the moon landing, while others prefer more modern scandals like the 9/11 Terror Attacks or the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
However, the grandfather of all conspiracy theories is that some kind of phantom “power behind the throne” exists in the form of the New World Order.
So, what is the New World Order? Where does the conspiracy theory stem from, and how likely is it to be true? Let’s take a closer look.
Following the second World War, before the Cold War started in earnest, notable figures like Woodrow Wilson and Winston Churchill used the term “new world order” to refer to the more globalized world that was left in the aftermath of the violence. Tendency towards nonviolent cooperation between countries led to the creation of institutes like the United Nations, NATO and others.
Theorists argue that these initiatives are aimed at implementing an authoritarian global regime that would supplant all state governments and result in the creation of a one-world government. To this end, the theory goes, a secretive cabal of global elites has been behind the scenes pulling the strings of major world events for at least the past 200 years.
During the Cold War era, the term “New World Order” began being attached to conspiracy theories similar to those seen today. Largely right-wing or evangelical sources took to the theory, alleging that the Illuminati, the Freemasons, or even Jewish people were somehow behind the major conflicts that defined the past two centuries of human civilization.
Anti-globalism, resistance to international organizations, and often even full-blown xenophobia fueled some of these sentiments in the 1960s and 1970s. While such elements exist in the modern-day theories, the New World Order conspiracies have largely become mainstream enough that they’ve lost their fanatical or racist edge and focus more on class issues than racial divisions.
Relevance for Preppers
Modern New World Order conspiracy theories center on the idea that a secretive alliance of global elite use their power and prestige to orchestrate events with the intent of driving the world into a one-world government. Typically, the theory holds that this government would be totalitarian, oppressive, and horrifying.
As such, many preppers have plans based around how they would respond to avoid falling under the command of such a government. In the theoretical event of a totalitarian government seizing power, these independent survivalists have plans involving wilderness bunkers, subsistence farming, and off-the-grid living.