Last modified on September 29, 2022, at 20:41

Golden billion

The Golden billion has become a euphemism for the privileged population on the NATO states in North America and Europe, or what is sometimes called 'the collective West' which also includes Australia and New Zealand. They are considered to be the beneficiaries of Western colonialism.

Speaking to the Strong Ideas for a New Time forum in Moscow on July 19, 2022, Vladimir Putin said, "The model of the total dominance of the so-called golden billion is unjust...Why should this 'golden billion' among the planet's population dominate others, impose its own rules of conduct?...Based on the illusion of 'exclusivity', this model divides people into first and second class status, and is therefore racist and neo-colonial in its essence…And the globalist, supposedly liberal ideology which underlies it, is increasingly acquiring the features of totalitarianism, holding back creative pursuit and free historical creation...No matter how much the West and the supranational elite strive to preserve the existing order, a new era and a new stage in world history are coming. Only genuinely sovereign states are in a position to ensure a high growth dynamic and become a role model for others in terms of standards of living and quality of life, the protection of traditional values and high humanistic ideals, and development models where an individual is not a means, but the ultimate goal.”[1]