However, there are a few choice phrases that stand out as especially queer and are, in fact, redolent with strange occultic and New Age concepts.
The phrase “new order of the ages” on the great seal was famously placed on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill in 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the instigation of Henry Wallace who served as Secretary of Agriculture for FDR from 1933-1940 before becoming vice president from 1941-1945.
The Great Seal of the United States, so beloved of Wallace, has a very curious legend surrounding it. Allegedly, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the original “All Seeing Eye” seal, in a scene very similar to Joseph Smith’s vision of the Book of Mormon and Mohammed’s narrative of the reception of the Koran, was visited by a black figure at night who handed him an illustration of the seal.
Whether or not this weird X-Files-tier story is true or not is irrelevant, for the authentic story of how the Great Seal was placed on the dollar bill is just as weird and interesting and provides us with a curious link to President Bush’s “Ancient Hope” inauguration speech.
Henry Wallace, like many famous and powerful WASPs, had a number of very odd ideas and, in fact, was himself steeped in occultism. In his 1934 book, Statesmanship and Religion, published the same year that he introduced the idea of putting the Great Seal on the back of dollar, Wallace writes of his vision of the New Order of the Ages consisting of a united world government, stating,
I cannot but feel that the destiny of the world is toward far greater unity than that which we now enjoy, and that in order to attain such unity it will be necessary for the members of the different races, classes and creeds to open their hearts and minds to the unfolding reality of the immediate future in a way which they have never done before.
Using the term, “unfolding reality,” derived from German idealism, which itself--as even mainstream scholars admit--is full of occult ideas and which, very interestingly, heavily influenced Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ, Henry Wallace, one of the most powerful men in the Roosevelt administration argues for the unification of religions, cultures, and peoples as part of the world’s destiny.
Is this then, the “ancient hope” of which George W. Bush spoke in his own modern version of the Gettysburg Address?
Is this the reason why after having their countries torn to pieces during President Bush’s War on Terror, millions of Muslim refugees have inundated the West, creating the immediate threat of existential extinction for European peoples?
It turns out that our friend Henry Wallace had a number of other curious associations and ideas as well.
As the “Old Grey Lady,” The New York Times itself, reports, Vice President Henry Wallace was heavily influenced by Russian mystic and New Age guru Nicholas Roerich. Joining Roerich’s “inner circle” in 1930, Wallace drank deeply of Roerich’s plans for world peace through world unification. As the New York Times reports, Wallace used Agriculture Department funds to pay for Roerich to embarque on a strange quest to Mongolia.
More importantly, it was Roerich who, again the mainstream Times reports, urged Wallace to put the Great Seal on the back of the one dollar bill.
L’affaire Roerich would become a tremendous scandal for the Roosevelt administration, as the coded and bizarre correspondence between Roerich and Wallace was published by a Pittsburgh newspaper in 1940, right on the brink of FDR’s planned entry into World War II.
Secret missions to Mongolia, magic seals on American currency, and plans for global government all sound like the crazy elements of a badly-produced YouTube conspiracy—except for the fact that all of this information is part of recent mainstream American history.
Is it possible that Georg W. Bush, a professed member of the Yale secret society Skull and Bones, drank from the same occult trough as Henry Wallace and believed that America had a secret mission to forge a unified global religious and political body that would bring about a peace and prosperity?
Well, his father, George H.W. Bush, seemed to believe that the first Gulf War would bring about such a global utopia, for he himself preached Wallace Roerich’s vision of a “New Order of the Ages” during his January 29, 1991 State of the Union Address in which the elder Bush explicitly states that the Persian Gulf War is not simply about the liberation of Kuwait, but the creation of a utopian New World Order:
“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind—peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law.”
Is this “big idea” the same thing as H.W.’s son W’s “ancient hope” and Nicholas Roerich and Henry Wallace’s “Novus ordo seclorum”?
In his less famous “Address to the Nation on the Invasion on the Invasion of Iraq,” given just thirteen days before the more famous 1991 State of the Union Address, President H.W. Bush had expressed similar sentiments:
This is an historic moment. We have in this past year made great progress in ending the long era of conflict and cold war. We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order—a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. When we are successful—and we will be—we have a real chance at this new world order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of the U.N.'s founders.”
Once again, according to this vision, the United States military’s duty is not to protect America or American interests, but to create a New World Order of peace and prosperity.
In our own day, we see the continued birth pangs of this “big idea” and “ancient hope” for a Novus ordo seclorum.
However, instead of peace and prosperity, we are faced with increasing violence and struggle throughout the West as George Soros-funded migration exacerbates ethnic conflict, and the West becomes increasingly deindustrialized as jobs are shipped overseas as part of “globalism.”
Moreover, the blood and treasure of America is, nearly thirty years after the First Gulf War inaugurated the New World Order, still poured into the Middle East to destroy ancient Christian and Muslim communities and convert them to the credo of liberalism.
Yet, as Catholics we know that this battle is not merely “geopolitic." The spirits driving these forces hellbent on creating the New World Order serve a dark and terrible master.
Stay tuned for Part II of “A Brief History of the New World Order”: “The ‘DP’ of Ronald Reagan and Manly P. Hall.”