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Geoff Ward
7 min readNov 4, 2023
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An interview with Nicholas Hagger, man of letters, cultural historian, philosopher and author of sixty books, whose new work ‘The Golden Phoenix: Russia, Ukraine and a coming New World Order’ (O-Books, October 2023) analyses how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine impacts on the West’s envisaged ‘Great Reset’ and progresses the rival Western, Russian and Chinese efforts to bring about a New World Order.

Nicholas began by commenting on the West’s debt problem.

NH: The West’s prospects do not look good. The events of the 21st century, from Middle-Eastern wars to Covid, have brought the Western financial system to the brink of collapse. On 19 January, 2023, the US hit its debt-ceiling and there was a prospect that the US would run out of funds just when Ukraine needs more and more funds to continue its war with Russia. In June, 2023, the US debt-ceiling was raised, and the US continues to live on borrowed funds.

GW: Isn’t power shifting from the West to the East?

NH: The West, comprising the US, UK, EU, Israel and their supporters, has a population totalling 1.214 billion. The world’s population is currently just over 8 billion (8,069,975,991) according to recent UN estimates, and a considerable number of just under 7 billion are within the 149 countries (of the 193 UN member-states) that have benefited from China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative. There is a sense that following the West’s withdrawal from Afghanistan power is shifting from the West to the East.

GW: What is the situation with the rival New World Orders?

NH: The West is trying to hold its own. In The Fall of the West (O-Books, November, 2022), I see the West as collaborating with the Syndicate (my word, what Eisenhower referred to as ‘the military-industrial complex’) to bring in a New World Order backed by Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum and the UN’s Agenda 2030. Schwab’s outlook and ‘Great Reset’ have an authoritarian streak, as they intend to blur the physical, digital and biological to exercise a form of mind-control via new technology. In Schwab’s words, ‘You will own nothing, have no privacy … and be happy!’

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Geoff Ward

Writer, journalist, book editor, poet, musician and tutor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature).