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The Golden Phoenix Review by Geoff Ward

Phoenix rising: a coming new world order

What does the future hold? A democratic or an authoritarian world government, the nuclear devastation of a Third World War or a ‘golden age’ of global peace and cooperation? An important new book weighs the momentous options

What does the future hold? A democratic or an authoritarian world government, the nuclear devastation of a Third World War or a ‘golden age’ of global peace and cooperation? An important new book weighs the momentous options In a compelling new work, cultural historian and philosopher Nicholas Hagger 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.

The Golden Phoenix: Russia, Ukraine and a coming New World Order (O-Books, October, 2023) is a grave but riveting read written by a man of vision, a sobering but essential text indispensable for an understanding of the background to the Russia-Ukraine war, including, as it does, scenarios omitted or ignored by ‘official’ sources and the mainstream media.

With the Russian Foreign Minister having said that NATO is, in effect, in a war with Russia, and that there is a real danger of a Third World War, Hagger, who once worked for British intelligence, assesses the likely outcome of the ongoing conflict.

At age 84, he feels he must continue explaining his dream of a ‘Golden Phoenix’ supranational and democratic New World Order under which all nation states would retain sovereignty and where a partly-federal World State’s World Commission would sit above lower and upper houses, a World Parliamentary Assembly and a World Senate — and above the Western alliance of the US and EU and the Eastern alliance of Russia and China.

This world order would have sufficient authority and legal powers to solve all the world’s problems, he says: abolishing war, eliminating poverty and hunger, solving environmental issues and financial and funding crises, ending disease, extending education, and raising awareness of universal spirituality and global ethics.

It would take precedence over the West’s dehumanising ‘Reset’ merger of those Western and Eastern alliances, which would turn humans into automata, and Russian and Chinese New World Orders, which would turn humans into slaves.

Born in 1939, just before the Second World War, Hagger says: ‘I cannot help wondering if I was sent down by the angels to experience the war, live under the flight of the flying bombs, the doodle-bugs and V2 rockets, and come up with a solution that will make future wars of this kind illegal and impossible.’

Historic happenings

Some necessary background: in The Fall of the West: The story behind covid, the levelling-down of the West and the shift of power to the East with the rise of China (O-Books, 2022), Hagger warned that historic happenings, from the ‘War on Terror’ to covid-19 (evidence for the origins of which he examined), had brought the Western financial system to the brink of collapse and shifted power from the West to the East and neo-imperialist China.

He saw the US, worried by China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative in 140 countries, as collaborating with the Western New World Order based on the ‘Great Reset’ advocated by Schwab’s World Economic Forum and the UN’s Agenda 2030. Hagger foresaw an authoritarian New World Order accommodating Russia and China coming into being before a democratic World State could be established. (Read my review of The Fall of the West here).

In The Syndicate (2004), Hagger described how, in the twentieth century, a group of elitist mega-rich families — the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and co-operators — levelled down leading Western countries by promoting revolutions, wars and independence movements against their empires, and planned a New World Order and world government to control the earth’s resources for their own benefit. In terming this group, ‘the Syndicate’, Hagger equates it with the West’s ‘military-industrial complex’.

In The Golden Phoenix, the fourth in a series of books on the West, he carries the story forward from Ukraine being a corridor between the Black Sea and Europe for Russian natural gas to the Russian invasion. He considers whether the West is rising phoenix-like from the ashes of its withdrawal from Afghanistan to advance its technocratic New World Order by supplying arms to Ukraine and blocking Russian gas.

Or whether a Russian authoritarian New World Order is rising from the ashes of the defunct Soviet Union to dominate southern Ukraine, and eventually some former Soviet territories, in alliance with China’s Belt-and-Road New World Order in 140 countries.

Or whether the supranational democratic global New World Order he outlined in his books World State and World Constitution, published in 2018, is rising from the ashes of the Second World War like a ‘golden phoenix’.

In Hagger’s view, Putin invaded Ukraine for a number of reasons: Ukraine’s new gas deposits threatened to replace export of Russian gas; the US was behind the fall of former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and was creating biological agent labs in Ukraine; the country had been Russian since Lenin’s early days; and a desire to return to Tsar Peter the Great’s empire, taking back pre-1991 Soviet states.

Invited to Russia

In 2019, Hagger was invited to Russia to give a lecture in Moscow on a supranational World State, during which he spoke to an audience including men in military uniform. He signed copies of his World State and World Constitution for three of Putin’s assistants, and for Putin himself. (See my interview with Hagger, ‘A way out of the war in Ukraine’).

In Moscow, Hagger received several awards, including the Russian Ecological Foundation’s Golden Phoenix lapel badge, but since has come to think he might have been duped, despite his best intentions at the time, into somehow supporting a Russian ‘universal state’. He wondered if the Russians knew of his work for British intelligence from 1969–73.

Nevertheless, he believes the Golden Phoenix he was awarded stands for a coming democratic New World Order coinciding with the Mayan Year of the Phoenix which comes round every two thousand years — the ‘firebird’ of mythologies worldwide appears as the Quetzal Bird in Mayan, Aztec and Toltec cultures.

‘It [the democratic New World Order] can trump the Syndicate New World Order that will attempt to unite the Western, Russian and Chinese New World Orders in an authoritarian, dehumanising New World Order,’ Hagger writes.

‘The Golden Phoenix New World Order is part of my legacy, a promised land that, like Moses, I will never live to see, and if it is implemented it will bring in a Golden Age of universal peace and prosperity throughout the world for all humankind.’

Nicholas Hagger is a distinguished man of letters who has written sixty books. He has lectured in English literature at the University of Baghdad in Iraq and the University of Libya, and was a professor of English Literature at Tokyo University of Education, Keio University and Tokyo University in Japan. He has studied Islamic and Oriental philosophy, and led a group of Universalist philosophers. He was awarded the 2016 Gusi Peace Prize for Literature, and in 2019 the BRICS silver medal for ‘Vision for Future’.

His substantial literary output includes 2,000 poems, two poetic epics, five verse plays, three masques, two travelogues and 1,200 short stories, and he has written innovatory works on literature, history, philosophy and international politics. His archive of papers and manuscripts is held as a Special Collection in the Albert Sloman Library at the University of Essex.

Nicholas Hagger