The New World Order is not an international organization, treaty or political movement. It is not even a conspiracy. It is simply an idea.
With the advent, in the 19th Century, of the steamship, the telegraph, and the Gatling gun, the possibility of global empire became evident to all and has been pursued by many under various names including the British Empire, World Communist Revolution, Pax Americana, the United Nations, the Empire of Unlimited Voluntary Assimilation -- aka the European Union -- Islam, the Banking Cartel, Wall Street and the City of London.
All of these projects are or were manifestations of the struggle for what some have called a New World Order, which is nothing but a sanitized term for global empire.
With the victory over the French in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, Britain became the World's first super power. The first nation to industrialize, Britain reaped the largest profits from the industrial revolution, then earned interest on the profits by financing industrialization throughout the Empire, and in America, Russia, Argentina and much of the rest of the World. Ruling a quarter of the World's population, with naval forces greater than those of the next two largest national naval forces combined, Britain in the year 1900 was the indispensable nation, able to project power from China to Peru and all places between.
Inevitably, some Britons thought about global empire, and the best known British project for global domination was that of Cecil Rhodes and his associates -- entrepreneurs, bankers, journalists and intellectuals -- who created the "secret society" which controlled various lobby groups around the world. The story of this project for a global confederation of states each committed to the rule of law and the principles of British Parliamentary democracy is told in great detail by Bill Clinton's Georgetown University history professor, the late Carroll Quigley, in his book The Anglo-American establishment.
But by the end of World War 1, Britain was no longer the World's preeminent power. Overtaken economically in the early years of the 19th century by both Germany and the United States and able to achieve victory in the war with Germany only through the financial and military aid of the United States, British imperialists turned increasingly to the United States to carry the "white man's burden."
Thus perhaps the last significant act of those associated with Cecil Rhodes' secret society was to persuade a group of Americans associated with the banker JP Morgan to establish their own, independent, project for global dominance, the public face of which was and remains the Council on Foreign Relations.
But, in the aftermath of World War 1, it was not the Americans but the Russians who proclaimed the imminent creation of a global empire, which they did in the name of the International Communist Revolution.
But the Soviet project for global empire failed for the same reason that the British Empire failed: the Soviet economy, like that of Britain before it, was too small to sustain the struggle for global dominance, or even to hold together the Soviet Union
The collapse of the Soviet Union left the United States as the only agent for the projection of power globally, which fact prompted George H. W. Bush's proclamation of the New World Order, aka Pax Americana or the American Global Empire.
But America's window of imperial opportunity may prove narrow. The ending of the 90's tech boom and the accelerating substitution of sweated Asian labor for well-paid American labor in both manufacturing and tradable services threatens America with economic stagnation as the economic giants of Asia boom.
With no time to waste, the NeoCons, led by Dick Chaney, Jeb Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz, among others, produced a time-table, the Project for a New American Century, calling for American rearmament and the assertion of unchallengeable American military supremacy.
Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, plus turmoil throughout the Middle East and ad-lib drone attacks on alleged enemies in Yemen and Pakistan have ensued.
But not all things are going America's way. China has yet to make a move, but as the new workshop of the World, with vast resources of muscle and brainpower, China may bring an early end to the era of American global domination.
Then there's Europe, struggling at the moment, but still the World's largest economy, with a larger population than the US and the scope for endless geographic expansion through voluntary assimilation: next in 100 million Turks, perhaps, or 140 million Russians.
The future of the World thus remains up for grabs. Will it be an American World Order, a World order on the EU/UN model, Chinese hegemony, or will the power of finance win the day, buying the politicians of the World to create the Fascist New World Order.
In any event, it is unlikely we will see a more democratic world. The greatest threat to any empire is nationalism which must be crushed by the destruction of every nationality: genocide, that is, through the destruction of every nation's identity, racial homogeneity, cultural traditions and religious faith.
The peoples of the world could unite to fight their own destruction. But it is difficult. Liberals everywhere equate holocaust denial with anti-racism -- at least when the holocaust is of their own people. Opponents of genocide of the Europeans by mass migration and cultural and racial mongrelization are demonized as far-right-wing-extremist, racist fascists and Nazis. And liberals now dominate across the political spectrum, which means that even the language of protest is denied to the victimized proletariat.
The success of any one of the the various projects for a New World Order is not something to be hoped for.