Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Emerging Anglosphere

As British Prime Minister Tony Blair held a press conference in the aftermath of today’s London bombings, Australian Prime Minister John Howard stood by his side, much as President Bush stood by Blair’s side after the attacks two weeks ago. The imagery is hard to ignore. There is some serious solidarity between the English-speaking nations of the world.

According to the new book The Anglosphere Challenge by James Bennett, this solidarity is actually part of a new political phenomenon dubbed the Network Commonwealth which is emerging as a consequence of the Internet/interconnectivity revolution. The Anglosphere will be the first of these Network Commonwealths and, because of our shared political freedoms and forward-thinking culture, the English speaking nations are well positioned to lead the world over the next few decades.

The summary of this book alone is enough to fascinate even the most casual of political observers. There is a lot of power behind Bennett’s theories. The speed and ease by which we can now communicate and travel will undoubtedly create significant geo-political changes. And it makes perfect sense that the shared language and culture between Britain, America, Australia and Canada could indeed coalesce into a new form of political union—not one that supplants our current form of government, but actually adds to it.

Increasingly free trade, shared military campaigns and constant communication between citizens have already fallen into place. Could we be headed for a Network Commonwealth? It could happen, I think. Bennett’s book is definitely worth checking out.


At 5:57 PM, Blogger Sean said...

Howard has impressed me. His demeaner and clarity. His low key conviction comes across. The three of them (Bush blair, Howard) have very different personalities. But all are very focused on what they feel is right.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Stephen Gordon said...

This Sunday night, April 2, coblogger Phil Bowermaster and I are interviewing James C. Bennett for The Fast Forward Radio podcast. As you are no doubt aware, Mr. Bennett is the author of The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations will Lead the way in the Twenty-First Century.

Because the Anglosphere meme has been so important to much of the blogosphere, I thought we should attempt to gather questions, comments, or even criticisms from other bloggers who have written on the subject. Your blog came up in our search.

Written questions or comments are appreciated (reply to this email if you like), but I'd prefer to add your actual voice to the show. So, if you have any questions or comments I'd really appreciate you calling in. Our U.S. telephone number is:

(318) 775-0127

Or you could avoid long distance charges and skype to that same number:

Please include your name/alias and the name of your blog in your audio comment. This phone number will usually be answered by a machine - no live body most of the time. If you'd like to do more than leave a message - actually chat with me about the Angloshere Challenge, please email me with a time (and time zone) you'd like to call.

Please comment by noon (U.S. Central time) Sunday, April 2.

Thank you.

Stephen Gordon


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