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April 11, 2005

English-speaking countries like the United States, Great Britain and Australia will become increasing aligned over the coming decades, writes James Bennett, in his new book, "The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century."

What is the "Anglosphere?" According to Bennett:

  • It is a network commonwealth where English-speaking nations come together informally through shared cultural and political values, aided in large part through advances in telecommunications, such as the Internet.
  • It will be more of a long-term civilizational relationship between individual citizens of its various nations than between their governments.
  • Its core will include the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, English-speaking Canada and the English-speaking populations of South Africa and India.
  • Former colonies such as Zimbabwe and the Philippines, while outside the inner circle, will also be part of the mix.

Bennett makes his case based on a number of current events:

  • The United Nations has lost much of its international force; this is highlighted by military failures in Kosovo, Iraq and Sudan, as well as failures in delivering humanitarian aid.
  • Britain is increasingly tepid about joining the European Union, a continent plagued by low economic growth, rising welfare dependency and demographic decline.
  • The old concept of the "West" is outdated, an artificially prolonged term to tie NATO together during the Cold War.

Government social engineering will not create the Anglosphere, warns Bennett, instead, it will have to develop naturally. Individuals will voluntarily align themselves together when they recognize what they already understand instinctively: they have more in common among themselves than with people of other cultures.

Source: Keith Windschuttle, ?Sphere of Influence?? National Review, March 14, 2005; based upon: James C. Bennett, ""The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century," Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., November 2004.


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