President Joe Biden raised eyebrows when he doubled down on his call to “build a new world order” while hitting the campaign trail, emphasizing that the United States would lead it. It’s not the first time he’s made these controversial remarks, but it’s the first time Russia agreed with him.
The Kremlin stated on Monday its alignment with U.S. President Joe Biden regarding the imperative for shaping a “fresh global arrangement” but disagrees with Biden’s assertion that the United States possessed the capability to establish such a framework.
During a press briefing, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, conveyed that the U.S. was advocating for a world order centered on American influence, a concept he believed to be impermanent. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously expressed doubts concerning the Western-promoted “rules-based global order,” raising questions about the origins of these purported principles.
Putin stated that “no one one knows who created these rules” or when, and that and “no one has seen them written down.”
As per the Russian leader, Biden’s “new world order” would stem from a colonial-era mentality where superpowers devised rules to serve their own interests.
“Our disagreement lies in the fact that, no matter the global order they discuss, the United States envisions a world order that centers on American influence, effectively a world order revolving around the United States. This paradigm is no longer sustainable,” emphasized Putin. He highlighted the imperative for a fresh worldwide framework founded on principles of economic transparency, equity for all, collaborative decision-making, and consideration of the interests of all nations rather than just those who perceive themselves as unique.
In 2022, Biden first made headlines by predicting, “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it.” In May 2023, Biden called for a “new economic world order.” Then, in September of 2023, he laid out the foundation of his new world order, largely focused on squashing what he termed “authoritarianism.” It was an ironic position – authoritarianism has been the bedrock of his entire presidency.
The term “new world order” has been used by leaders to suggest a complete transformation of political and economic systems. A “new world order” covers many different concepts, including global governance, a complete transformation of the global economic system, and a shift in geopolitical power balance in the name of global peace and security.
This would involve the strengthening of international organizations like the United Nations and the creation of new international institutions to address perceived global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and terrorism.
Leaders may use the term to signal a desire for a reformed global economic system, which involves devaluing the American dollar. If it sounds like a fantasy, consider that BRICS, the fifteen-year coalition comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is actively formulating an alternative to the U.S. dollar.
More frightening is who is behind the push to destroy the dollar. China has already established dollar-independent trade agreements with several nations, including Russia and Saudi Arabia. India now conducts transactions with Russia in rupees, bypassing the dollar. Brazil and China engage in direct trade using their respective currencies, and Russia’s use of the yuan now exceeds its use of the dollar. Even Iraq’s central bank has approved transactions in yuan.
On the surface, it sounds like a good idea. Is the whole world working together? But depending on who is calling for a new world order and why, it’s more terrifying than it seems.
A new world order leads to a loss of national sovereignty, where decisions that should be made at the national level are instead made by supranational bodies or organizations. Take, for instance, the World Health Organization, which is becoming more powerful through “global accords on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.” While the organization is currently not dictating global health policy, it takes little imagination to see where it’s headed.
Biden and his progressive administration have never believed in America first, or American values in the first place. Biden used the term in the context of responding to significant global crisis upheavals, such as a major conflict or a pandemic. With one pandemic over and another COVID event looming on the horizon, along with escalating conflicts in the Middle East, the time has never been better to push for a “new world order.”
The administration’s repeated portrayal of Trump as “the greatest threat to democracy” is disingenuous. Biden’s persistent advocacy for a “new world order,” seemingly without regard for the potential loss of national sovereignty and the economic consequences it may entail, highlights this administration’s lack of respect for American democracy.