New world order (politics)

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New World Order is a phrase which has been used with utopian or sinister connotations by various individuals and groups, and since the expression was used in a speech by George H. W. Bush to the US Congress (6 March 1991), it has regularly been used in reference to the state of the world after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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  • The peace conference has assembled. It will make the most momentous decisions in history, and upon these decisions will rest the stability of the new world order and the future peace of the world.
    • Letter from association president M. C. Alexander in the journal International Conciliation (January 1919)
  • There are two rules of war that have not yet been invalidated by the new world order. The first rule is that the belligerent nation must be fairly sure that its actions will make things better; the second rule is that the belligerent nation must be more or less certain that its actions won't make things worse.
    • Martin Amis, "The Palace of the End", The Guardian (4 March 2003)
  • We are concerned with only one subject, the ushering in of the new world order.
  • We are indeed living historic moments. The kind of occasion where the crisis calls in to question all certainties and minds are more open to change. These are very special moments and they are not happening everyday. We have to understand that it’s really one of those moments where there is some higher plasticity and then where we can make a real change
  • The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective—a new world order—can emerge: a new era, freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony.
  • The old world order changed when this war-storm broke. The old international order passed away as suddenly, as unexpectedly, and as completely as if it had been wiped out by a gigantic flood, by a great tempest, or by a volcanic eruption. The old world order died with the setting of that day's sun and a new world order is being born while I speak, with birth-pangs so terrible that it seems almost incredible that life could come out of such fearful suffering and such overwhelming sorrow.
    • Nicholas Murray Butler in a speech to the Union League of Philadelphia (28 November 1915), printed in A World in Ferment (1918)
  • Two centuries ago our forefathers brought forth a new nation; now we must join with others to bring forth a new world order.
    • Henry Steele Commager writing for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia in A Declaration of INTERdependence (1976) printed in We the Other People (1976) by Philip Sheldon Foner, ed.
  • The hope for the foreseeable future lies, not in building up a few ambitious central institutions of universal membership and general jurisdiction as was envisaged at the end of the last war, but rather in the much more decentralized, disorderly and pragmatic process of inventing or adapting institutions … as the necessity for cooperation is perceived by the relevant nations.… In short, the "house of world order" will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down…. [A]n end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.
    • Richard Gardner, "The Hard Road to World Order", in Foreign Affairs (April 1974), p. 558
  • Parallel with the process of wars, hostility, and alienation of peoples and countries, another process, just as objectively conditioned, was in motion and gaining force: The process of the emergence of a mutually connected and integral world. Further world progress is now possible only through the search for a consensus of all mankind, in movement toward a new world order.… The world community must learn to shape and direct the process in such a way as to preserve civilization, to make it safe for all and more pleasant for normal life.
    • Mikhail Gorbachev, address to the UN General Assembly (7 December 1988), printed in Mikhail Gorbachev : Prophet of Change (2011)
  • My country's history, Mr. President, tells us that it is possible to fashion unity while cherishing diversity, that common action is possible despite the variety of races, interests, and beliefs we see here in this chamber. Progress and peace and justice are attainable. So we say to all peoples and governments: Let us fashion together a new world order.
    • Henry Kissinger, address for the UN General Assembly (October 1975), printed in A Dangerous Place (1980) by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • NAFTA will represent the most creative step toward a new world order taken by any group of countries since the end of the Cold War, and the first step toward an even larger vision of a free-trade zone for the entire Western Hemisphere.... NAFTA is not a conventional trade agreement, but the architecture of a new international system.
    • Henry Kissinger, "With NAFTA, U.S. finally creates a new world order" in The Los Angeles Times (18 July 1993), p. M2
  • The revolutionary movement which began in 1789 in the Cercle Social, which in the middle of its course had as its chief representatives Leclerc and Roux, and which finally with Babeuf's conspiracy was temporarily defeated, gave rise to the communist idea which Babeuf's friend Buonarroti re-introduced in France after the Revolution of 1830. This idea, consistently developed, is the idea of the new world order.
  • In the final analysis, the South's plea for justice, equity, and democracy in the global society cannot be dissociated from its pursuit of these goals within its own societies. Commitment to democratic values respect for fundamental rights—particularly the right to dissent, fair treatment for minorities, concern for the poor and underprivileged, probity in public life, willingness to settle disputes without recourse to war—all these cannot but influence world opinion and increase the South's chances of securing a new world order.
    • Julius Nyerere, The Challenge to the South: The Report of the South Commission (August 1990)
  • It's a true New Deal at a global scale that is necessary. An ecological and economical New Deal. In the name of France, I call all the states to gather, in order to forge the new world order of the twenty first century.
    • C'est un véritable New Deal à l'échelle planétaire qui est nécessaire. Un New Deal écologique et économique. Au nom de la France, j'appelle tous les États à se réunir, pour fonder le nouvel ordre mondial du XXIème siècle […]
    • French president Nicolas Sarkozy, in a speech before UN general assembly, (25 September 2007)
  • We are not going to achieve a new world order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money.
  • We believe we are creating the beginning of a new world order coming out of the collapse of the US-Soviet antagonisms.
    • Brent Scowcroft, in "Bush's Talk of 'New World Order': Foreign Policy Tool or Mere Slogan?" in The Washington Post (1991 May 26) on page A31
  • A great war requires some great military powers, ready and eager to risk all. The New World Disorder lacks the muscle for conventional warfare. The New World Order has plenty of muscle but a problem finding foes to war with.
  • The minds of our comfortable and influential ruling-class people refuse to accept the plain intimation that their time is over, that the Balance of Power and uncontrolled business methods cannot continue, and that Hitler, like the Hohenzollerns, is a mere offensive pustule on the face of a deeply ailing world. To get rid of him and his Nazis will be no more a cure for the world's ills than scraping will cure measles. The disease will manifest itself in some new eruption. It is the system of nationalist individualism and uncoordinated enterprise that is the world's disease, and it is the whole system that has to go.
  • Countless people, from maharajas to millionaires and from pukkha sahibs to pretty ladies, will hate the new world order, be rendered unhappy by the frustration of their passions and ambitions through its advent and will die protesting against it.

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