-Rise and Fall-
Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute,
who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth
committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth
were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries...
For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine
of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed
adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth
grew rich from her excessive luxuries...
Your merchants were the world's great men.
By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
Revelation 17 and 18
A Satanic New World Order has arrived.
It now openly dominates a greater part of the globe.
It is portrayed quite vividly in the Book of Revelation, so why is it that Christian America remains so ignorant of its existence, and of its origin, power and purpose?
The reason is that this New World Order has been established largely as an American enterprise and exists under American domination. It was built under the guise of fighting Communism, and when the Cold War ended it came out into the open. Many people do not realize its malevolence because the American Establishment - in politics, business and in the media - has insisted on portraying it as a promoter of freedom and global prosperity, when in fact the opposite is true.
This American-dominated New World Order is based very much upon Economics, and "consumerism," "corporate profits," "free trade" and "globalization," are all important precepts upon which it has been established. It is portrayed as a defender of "freedom," but to those who look closely it becomes clear that the "freedom to pursue profit" is its most important freedom, and all others are subservient.
This New World Order may be dominated by the United States of America, but the philosophies and policies upon which it is based can be shown quite clearly to be very un-American, in the traditional sense, and also very un-Christian. Unfortunately in America today our history books have been written under the influence of the people who created and who benefit from this New World Order, and no critical understanding of it can be gained there. Sadly, many of our Churches have also been subverted into supporting it, especially within the so-called "conservative" Religious Right, the political-religious faction that seems to always pray and vote in favor of Wall Street and the military/industrial complex.
In this corporate-based New World Order we have various interests labeled, in the media for instance, as Big Business, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, etc. Into this corporate mix we can add the massively wealthy and hugely influential shadow of Big Christianity. The truth about our present World Order cannot be understood without breaking away from the political indoctrination many Americans receive from Big Christianity. We must have the courage to be critical of the powers that be, to learn what both America and Christianity were originally all about, and to discover how both have been subverted.
The term "New World Order" means different things to different people. To most conservatives and Christians the New World Order is the shadowy goal of the United Nations, Communists, and Globalists to create a one world government, destroy the U.S. Constitution, and eradicate borders and the sovereignty of individual nations.
To President George Bush Sr. the New World Order meant the end of the Cold War and the triumph of "free-market" capitalism. He viewed it as a positive thing, along with Wall Street and the corporate-dominated political establishment. This is the "New World Order" that Christians need to address today. It is not a conspiracy theory set to be unleashed in the not-too-distant future. It exists today, right here, right now, and it is anything but "Christian."
The oppression and injustice of the New World Order is continually illuminated and challenged by a multitude of articulate critics, but because these critics are usually labeled "leftist" or "liberal" Big Christianity has found it easy to ignore them. By doing this Big Christianity has found that it has lost its place on the pedestal of moral authority in the eyes of the public, and "compassionate conservatism" has quickly become a pathetic oxymoron.
If American Christians are to ever regain their position as a legitimate moral voice in world affairs then they must have the integrity and courage to address the evils of the system that they have helped bring about. What follows are a few selections from the critics of our New World Order that help to define exactly what it is, and how it is the greatest force in the world today that threatens freedom, democracy, and the sovereignty of individual nations.
-- In 1995 authors Richard Barnet and John Cavanagh published Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order. It is a study that describes how "global companies are steadily replacing the political power of sovereign nations; controlling the flow of money, goods, and information across the globe; and affecting everything from the fundamentalist strife in the Third World to the products we eat, drink, smoke, and wear at home."
-- In 1996 Noam Chomsky released World Orders Old and New. The staunch leftist MIT professor gives a review of the Cold War (Old World Order), and an analysis of the New World Order of American-dominated capitalism. He shows very clearly that Western success has come at the economic expense of the Third World, offering statistics such as those from the UN Development Program that show that the gap between rich and poor nations doubled between 1969 and 1989. Chomsky, as the heir of Bertrand Russell, holds some very twisted views on morality, liberty and human progress, but his criticism of the New World Order is certainly valid.
-- In One World, Ready Or Not (1998), best-selling author William Greider analyzes the New World Order of corporate globalization and "contends that the global economy is sowing 'creative destruction' everywhere: while making possible great accumulations of wealth, it is also reviving forms of human exploitation that characterized industry one hundred years ago. Greider warns that if the system isn't reformed it will threaten not only our middle-class lifestyles but also social peace in rich and poor countries alike."
-- Political Science professor David Model offers Corporate Rule: Understanding and Challenging the New World Order (2002). He explains how "concentrations of economic, social and political power are being held by a few strong companies," and highlights "how devastating these effects have been to both the planet and the majority of its inhabitants."
-- In 2002 investigative journalist John Pilger authored The New Rulers of the World. An extraordinary indictment of the New World Order, Pilger reveals the "secrets and illusions" of power, and "illuminates the nature of modern imperialism." He discloses "how up to a million Indonesians died as the price for being the World Bank's 'model pupil,'" and he describes "the new thrust of American power and its goal of 'world order,' as well as the propaganda that justifies and drives it."
--Another serious and intelligent critique of the new global economy comes from Noreena Hertz in her 2002 book, "The Silent Takeover : Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy". A reviewer of the book writes, "Cambridge University economist Hertz asserts that Reagan's and Thatcher's brand of free market capitalism has had dire social and political repercussions, although it has triumphed as the dominant world ideology and brought prosperity to many. She sensibly argues that with government in retreat from its traditional rule-setter role, multinational corporations have grown so powerful (51 of the hundred biggest economies in the world are corporations) that they determine political policies rather than operate subject to them. Market success may rule, but Hertz laments that the state, in appearing to serve business, may be nullifying democracy's social contract to represent and protect the rights of all citizens equally."
-- One of the best exposÚs of the effects of globalization is given by journalist Greg Palast in his 2002 bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Palast refers to the IMF, World Bank and World Trade Organization as the "iron triangle of globalization," and he reveals a great deal about how they work, and who they work for, from a number of confidential documents that were placed in his hands. (More of this information can be read within the "Globalization" section of Palast's website.)
For most American Christians the books referred to above may be hard reading. Many of the authors are very anti-American, several are vocal atheists, and some would probably describe themselves as socialist. But these uncomfortable traits and tendencies should not distract the reader from the task at hand, which is to simply understand the true nature of our New World Order of corporate globalization: who encourages it, who benefits from it, and who suffers. With the knowledge gained from the works above and from the rest of this study it should then become clear to the true Christian how he or she should relate to it.
Hopefully this study will also help to inform the many critics of Christianity as well. In a day and age when Christianity is seen as increasingly irrelevant as a faith, but increasingly dangerous as an aggressive and outspoken political force, this study intends to show that God is not blind and that Jesus Christ stands where He has always stood. He is the great Example for the unpopular but persistent peacemakers of our day, the great Hope of those who hunger and thirst after justice, and the eternal Saviour of those who humbly seek His mercy.
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