Conspiracy-Theorist Christmas Comes Early As Biden Uses Term ‘New World Order’

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That faint rumble you heard on Friday afternoon was the sound of a thousand gleeful conspiracy-theorists firing up their webcams (and bobbing excitedly in their desk chairs like a kid at a toy store) as Vice President Joe Biden used the term “New World Order” when describing trade laws at the Export-Import Bank Conference in Washington.

Speaking as he was turning the page of a mostly unscripted speech, Biden said the following:

The affirmative task before us is to create a new world order because the global order is changing again…

The New World Order, along with being an outstanding late-90s wrestling stable, is a favorite of the conspiracy-minded the world over, who believe it to be a code-word for the rise of a totalitarian one-world government, orchestrated by the powerful and elite who would like to officially replace the sovereignty of individual nations (as opposed to unofficially, as they mostly do now). Used initially during the upheavals of the early-20th century by figures like Woodrow Wilson and Winston Churchill, the NWO theory became popular among right-wing extremists following the use of the term by President George H.W. Bush in a 1990 speech describing a post-soviet world. Televangelist Pat Robertson (of course) helped popularize the theory in his 1991 book, The New World Order, which outlined the evils of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

Alex Jones, speaker of unadulterated truths, hopped onto his site, InfoWars, to call out the VP for his admission of the approaching one world government:

Vice President Joe Biden threw caution to the wind Friday as he shockingly declared, “The affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order,” adding yet another admission to an already long list of documented globalist bragging of plans for a centralized, one-world global government.

To Jones, the list is long of nations working with multinational banks to come to terms on how to govern and trade with one another. Which is true! Very true. Unfortunately for unhinged conspiracy theorists like Jones, the actual source of this coordination isn’t some nefarious, highly intricate plot by the Illuminati or some secret one-government cabal that uses FEMA camps to detain and reprogram American citizens, but simply the entire basis of global capitalism.

Still, Friday was a banner day for conspiracy theorists everywhere, as a blunder from a Vice President known for making blunders has reignited another failed discussion of how to understand the world.

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