The monologue in this expertly crafted—in its acting, light, and direction—amazingly intense scene at the end of last night’s Walking Dead was just your typical bad-guy speech–at least at first. As Negan’s evil soliloquoy unraveled, we anticipated the elimination of another character, who would remain unnamed as arguably the most shameless cliffhanger in recent television history—even rivaling the hatch reveal at the end of Lost Season 1. Who did Negan kill? I have an idea, but I won’t spoil it for you like someone did for me.
Instead, I want to focus on his speech. One phrase stood out: New World Order.
There have been some pivotal moments in history when the term New World Order has been dropped, most notably by George H.W. Bush. It is a term we almost literally carry around with us every day, being hinted at on our dollar bill by that important-looking but obscure Latin Phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum—you know, the one underneath the creepy pyramid eye thing staring at you from your wallet? The New World Order concept has developed an enigmatic and provocative place in the zeitgeist, with deep political and spiritual implications. Ten million (or more) “conspiracy” videos on YouTube, some with over 1 million hits, confirm this. So when Negan, the newest (and seemingly the baddest) antagonist of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi happening that is The Walking Dead, utters the phrase in the climax of a Season Finale most assuredly attended by at least 15 million viewers, at the very least, our interest should be piqued.
Are Shows Like Walking Dead Reality TV?
I know what you’re thinking. How does a fictional TV show relate to how we can survive the perils of modern life? Part of modern life, whether we acknowledge it or not, is politics and government, which affect our environment and the food we eat, the shelter we live in, and the clothes we wear (all elements of wholistic wellness we cover on our site). If you’ve read us regularly, once in awhile you’ll have seen us review films and cover their relevance in the liberty movement, alternative health, and world government.
I sincerely believe that details, metaphors, commentary, and even warnings about the future are often hidden away in the most unlikely places—even video games sometimes! To those who scoff at this notion, ask yourself this: If we hadn’t been provided the prophetic literary guidance of George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, might we today be living in something more closely resembling the landscapes of these respective classics?
Taking it even further: Are we in fact already living in these landscapes and being kept oblivious to that fact by a mainstream media that’s almost completely controlled? What if movies and TV are showing us something more akin to reality than the news? The best example giving evidence to this was the pilot episode of X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen. Essentially, this crappy TV show’s plot mirrored the events of 9/11 almost precisely, all the while insinuating that the whole operation was done by remote control in order to appear like terrorism (something that wasn’t presented on the news).
The kicker is: This episode aired 6 months before September 11, 2001 (on March 4, 2001)! So they predicted the future, but they also predicted the skepticism that would unfold over the next several decades by suggesting it was a false flag attack meant to get the U.S. involved in foreign wars.
Would something like this be done to confuse us, influence our opinions about reality, traumatize and desensitize us, or simply to taunt us? Who can really say? No writers have come forward about this coincidence, but reportedly, one cast member has said he thinks the CIA spreads scripts around with plots that detail elements of their black ops just to confuse the masses and discredit conspiracy theories. Popular TV shows like Walking Dead are a perfect place to influence huge numbers of people just by mere suggestion—for instance, by presenting the new world order in a particular way.
How I Became a Walking Dead “Zombie”
Despite my best intentions of not getting hooked on this post-apocalyptic zombie action-horror drama, about 3 years ago, I caved and Netflixed the first season of it in the background for a couple nights while I worked. Actually, I had tried watching it even before that and been seriously turned off by whole episodes that featured exactly zero zombies (which is a big-time no-no for a zombie TV show!) So after some coaxing from very insistent friends and family, I did this “reboot,” and was delighted to find that as the show went on, the overdevelopment of characters mellowed and there was assurance of some degree of zombie action every episode. And every episode was a cliffhanger, which led to a serious addiction that persists to this day.
Most of Walking Dead’s villains have served as a reflection or foreshadowing of what Rick, leader of the protagonist group, could (not) be, has (not) been, might (not) be, and will (not) be as a leader. Each previous “anti-leader” seemed to embody a different archetype of a tyrant, albeit in a primitive context of early civilization building. This guy introduced during the season finale of season 6 seems to take the cake as far as tyrants go, though. Here is the vision of the world under Negan (transcribed):
You see, Rick, whatever you do, no matter what—you don’t mess with the New World Order. And the New World Order is this—and it’s really very simple, so even if you’re stupid, which you very may well be, you can understand it. You ready? Here goes, pay attention: Give me your ****, or I will kill you!
Today was career day. We invested a lot, so you could know who I am, and what I can do. You work for me now. You have ****, you give it to me. That’s your job. Now I know that is a mighty big, nasty pill to swallow. But swallow it you most certainly will.
You ruled the roost. You thought you were safe. I get it. But, the word is out. You… are not safe. Not even close. In fact you are pegged. More pegged if you don’t do what I want. And what I want is half your ****. And if that’s too much, you can make, find, or steal more, and it’ll even out sooner or later.
This is your way of life now. The more you fight back, the harder it will be. So someone knocks on your door… you let us in. We own that door. You try to stop us, and we will knock it down.
Just as the show does not feature literal representations of historical tyrants, it isn’t really the same New World Order being discussed on countless blogs and news and info websites today—be they those speaking out against it or those scoffing at the mere proposition of it. Wikipedia predictably exists among the scoffers in the latter category, containing two major entries on the subject:
- New world order (politics), any period of history evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the balance of power.
- New World Order (conspiracy theory), a conspiracy theory referring to the emergence of a totalitarian one world government.
By having two entries, Wiki illegitimizes the notion that a totalitarian one world government is possible, subjugating it to the realm of “conspiracy theorism” and fiction like The Walking Dead and professional wrestling. But Negan’s New World Order is just that—it is a totalitarian one world government, that absorbs all in its path who try to resist. It is a neofeudalism where fear and intimidation are used to gather and allot resources according to a central authority.
This was done under the original feudalism in the form of serfs, lords, vassals, and fiefs. Needless to say, it is not a Utopian concept.
Does the Mainstreaming of a Term Make It Irrelevant?
So what is the reaction to this use of “New World Order” from someone already familiar with these concepts? I for one kind of got excited, honestly. I was thinking: This will bring awareness to something that’s really going on, and more people will join in the fight against a totalitarian New World Order! Rarely if ever is this the case, however. You don’t get too far in a conversation when you use movie and TV plots as a reference point for real-world tyranny. For instance, you could bring up some of the latest Avengers films, particularly Captain America: Winter Soldier, which discusses drone deployment from air fortresses, as well as Project Paperclip. But it won’t help someone to understand the truth behind it all. In fact, it will most likely backfire.
When people see something in a movie, book, TV show, and sometimes if they hear it in a song, the information automatically gets relegated into the category of fiction or lie in their mind. This is probably the intended effect if there are indeed leaks from the CIA of Top Secret operations into mainstream entertainment. Regardless, I will continue on and try and relate what I’ve gathered. For some reason, knowing more about the hidden history of government agencies, clandestine operations, and cover-ups has only invigorated my interest in art and media inspired by these esoteric elements.
Other NWO Elements in The Walking Dead
The premise of the series already echoes a lot of dystopian themes that mirror the dozens of apocalyptic landscapes being shoved down our throats for the last decade. It fits very neatly into the “the dead shall rise” category of post-apocalyptic fiction. However, some of the treatments on this show are a little more NWO than others.
First of all, the epicenter of Walking Dead (at least for the characters we’ve come to know and love) is Atlanta, Georgia, the home of both the Georgia Guidestones, which bear the Ten Commandments of the New World Order, and Ted Turner, who has been a very vocal advocate of massive global depopulation. We also have a worldwide epidemic that could very well have been manufactured, a potential catalyst for the depopulation and chaos that are needed to occur before a World Government can come to fruition—out of chaos comes order, nawm sayin’?
To its credit, Walking Dead seems to spend a great deal of time dealing with the human condition and moral dilemmas on an individual level. The main character has been wrestling with the concept of justified killing of another human being since the beginning of the show. This is an age-old question. The character Morgan, one of Rick’s closest confidantes, has taken up the ancient practice of Aikido, which is a martial arts discipline that’s main aim is to never kill a living thing. So we have this constant struggle being explored.
Walking Dead seems to be very pro-Second Amendment, though, which is great—not very pro-NWO. In a tyrannical government, step one almost always involves taking away weapons from common people so that they will be subject to the whims of the tyrant’s standing army. Disarmament happens to be one of the main agendas on the roster for the U.N., for nations (i.e. nuclear disarmament) and individuals (i.e. automatic, semiautomatic, and handheld guns).
So Negan’s men are basically portrayed as a bunch of thugs who steal stuff. This is very apt for a group that refers to their setup as “the New World Order.” Under a totalitarian government that has control of resources, everyday people like you and I would essentially have to pay tribute to an even bigger central government than the U.S. Federal government, whom we already pay about a quarter to. One could easily see a plausible escalation to about 50% if a liberal presidency can convince Congress that bailouts, welfare, massive military spending, entitlements, government salaries, and just general wastefulness necessitate higher taxation from the masses. This is communism and fascism combined (not that there’s really a difference).
Imagine a world where you have to give away half of what you earn. You’d either lose your mind, or you’d essentially have to become a very nasty person to make ends meet. It is not a system that would work very well at all for individuals. It combines the worst elements of both capitalism and socialism, because you would have to probably literally kill to survive. As Negan said, “…you’ll have to make, find, or even steal more, and it’ll even out sooner or later.” All of this just to satisfy this central authority who controls you with intimidation.
It really doesn’t seem that far off, does it?