Vortex Beowulf : evolution of a network commonwealth

navigation: click ►▼, links & ••• —— April 14, 2014

explorersfoundation.org/beowulf.html — a vortex is a region of Explorers Foundation research and investment.

Oath of Fealty of the Aragonese Lords to their Monarch (15th c.)

We, who are as good as you,
swear to you, who are no better than us,
to accept you as our king and sovereign,
provided you observe all our liberties and laws,
but if not, no.

Project Bennett — Explorers Foundation support of the work of James C. Bennett
April 7, 2014: A lot has happened since this page was last updated. America 3.0, by Bennett & Lotus has been published. Bennett completed a 20,000 word article on Britain after exit from the EU. the article will be the basis for his next book, proposing a “commonwealth union” of Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A few days ago he returned from Hungary, where under the auspices of the Danube Institute he spoke on the future of America.
We are supporting the writing of two books by James C. Bennett, the first to be practical with policy recommendations, the second to be on the origins, history, and anthropology of the Anglosphere, and the potential for the rapid emergence of an Anglospheric network commonwealth that would provide improved prospects for all the world's explorers of whatever race and circumstance of birth. Much of Bennett's work has had to do with developing the concept of "network commonwealth", and not only applicable to the Anglosphere, but also to the Hispanisphere, and other world affecting cultures.
"Explorers Foundation Support Makes A Difference: Work Supported Wholly or Partly by EF 2004-­‐2010", James C. Bennett, December 9, 2010 ••• — A listing of work done partially or wholly with EF support, concluding with Jim's comments.
Publication of America 3.0, (co-author, Michael J. Lotus), May 28, 2013
Reviews of America 3.0 •••
Publication of The Anglosphere Challenge, 2004
"Rowman & Littlefield The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-­‐Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-­‐First Century
"The Anglosphere Challenge’s writing and production was assisted jointly by timely and critical support by Explorers Foundation … and by another major contributor who wished his participation to be anonymous."
The above report was written by Jim in December of 2010. A lot has happened since then. In August 2011 a contract was signed with an excellent publisher, Encounter Books, for the first of the two books Jim is writing, this one with co-author, Mike Lotus, attorney, Chicago, who publishes on the chicagoboyz blog as Lexington Green ••• (chicagoboyz "Lexington Green"). 27Dec13: This book was published May 28, 2013, as America 3.0.
New Criterion, Conference, relationship between the U.K. and the U.S., September 2013, New York.
New Criterion, Conference: "Is America in Decline?" — Friday, September 23, 2011, New York •••

In the following partial listing of works by James C. Bennett a good place to start is: The Third Anglosphere Century ••• (pdf, free) (Heritage Foundation 2007); Amazon ••• (printed booklet)
Books & Articles by James C. Bennett
[2013] America 3.0, with co-author, Michael J. Lotus
[2011] "Proposing a 'Coast Guard' for Space" •••, The New Atlantis •••; pdf version ••• (better)
[2011] "Assimilation & the persistence of culture", The New Criterion, January 2011, available online by subscription or purchase of the specific article at ••• (New Criterion)
[2010] "The Great U-Turn" ••• (National Review, Oct 4, 2010, cover story)
[2010] "Exceptional Down to the Bone" ••• (pdf); National Review Online ••• (as published, Jun 21, 2010)
[2010] "Space: Britain's New Frontier" ••• (published by the Economic Policy Centre •••)
[2007] The Third Anglosphere Century: The English-Speaking World in an Era of Transition, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation ••• (booklet as pdf), and booklet from Amazon •••
[2004] The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century, by James C. Bennett. Roman & Littlefield, 2004 ••• (Amazon, books)
[2004] "The Uses of the Network Commonwealth" ••• (a seminar at "The National Interest", Washington, D.C.)
[2003] "Networking Nation-States: The Coming Info-National Order" ••• (article in "The National Interest")
[2002] "An Anglosphere Primer" (Jim's early statement of his concept of the Anglosphere)
Bennett tells us that this paper is significantly out of date and should be replaced by a new version that includes more recent scholarship. 22Oct13, -leif
An introduction to the concept of network commonwealth: An Anglosphere Primer, a paper written by Bennett for the Foreign Policy Research Institute in 2002 ••• (full article as a pdf)
[1999] "The End of Capitalism and the Triumph of the Market Economy" ••• (pdf)

Book Reviews
America 3.0, a collection of reviews: http://explorersfoundation.org/A3.0.html
Fukuyama, Francis, The Origins of Political Order. Reviewd by Adam Kirsch, "City Journal", Spring 2011 •••
Wood, Ian S., Britain, Ireland, and the Second World War. Reviewed by Daniel C. Williamson •••
Noted by Mike Lotus (Lexington Green, at http://chicagoboyz.net
Articles (by author, or by topic)
Jim Bennett's work is listed separately (see above) because it inspires and focuses this vortex.
Barone, Michael
[ ] Review of A3.0
Black, Conrad
This section needs better organization, but here is a story of a fascinating difference of opinion among conservatives. Was the U.S. Government working under the control of Soviet agents during WWII? My opinion is that such agents were influential but not dominant. -leif
Black, on Diana West’s American Betrayal
West’s reply: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/356025/another-day-another-attack-american-betrayal-diana-west
West’s reply to FrontPage Magazine:
Black, Diana West, Roosevelt - links provided by zenpundit
Codevilla, Angelo M.
"America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution", from the July-August 2010 issue of "The American Spectator" •••
Heaney, Seamus, (on Beowulf and his verse translation)
Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet, on Beowulf and his verse translation ••• (link from J. Bennett)
Kirsch, Adam
Review of The Dawn of Politics, by Fukuyama
Kotkin, Joel
Lotus, Mike
Macfarlane, Alan
See glyph 180 Alan Macfarlane
Mead, Walter Russell
Micklethwaite, xxx
Mohan, Peggy
Is English the Language of India's Future? •••
Saint-André, Peter
Shideler, Mary McDermott (on J. R. R. Tolkien)
Smith, Leif
Wignal, Christian (on Hong Kong)
See glyph 295 "The Champion of Hong Kong's Freedom: Sir John Cowperthwaite, Hong Kong, 1941 to 1971", by Christian Wignall. And see this glyph for an additional article by Wignall: "Hong Kong stumbles along the road to serfdom".
Beowulf (the legend and poem)
The Law of the Anglosphere
Bennett, James C. (see above)
Codevilla, Angelo M.
The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It, (Beaufort Books 2010)
Conquest, Robert
The Dragons of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History (W. W. Norton & Company 2004)
Fischer, David Hackett
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (Oxford University Press 1989)
See glyph 202 Albion's Seed, by David Hackett Fischer
Johnson, Paul
The Offshore Islanders (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1972)
Kotkin, Joel
Lauck, Jon K. (Dakota)
Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889 (University of Oklahoma Press 2010)
Macfarlane, Alan
O'Sullivan, John
The President, the Pope, And the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World (Regnery 2006)
Phillips, Kevin (English-American history)
The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America (Basic Books 1999)
Stephenson, Neal
The Diamond Age ()
Vucetic, Srdjan
The Anglosphere: A Geneology of a Racialized Identity in International Relations (Stanford 2011)
The Anglosphere refers to a community of English-speaking states, nations, and societies centered on Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, which has profoundly influenced the direction of world history and fascinated countless observers.
This book argues that the origins of the Anglosphere are racial. Drawing on theories of collective identity-formation and framing, the book develops a new framework for analyzing foreign policy, which it then evaluates in case studies related to fin-de-siècle imperialism (1894-1903), the ill-fated Pacific Pact (1950-1), the Suez crisis (1956), the Vietnam escalation (1964-5), and the run-up to the Iraq war (2002-3). Each case study highlights the contestations over state and empire, race and nation, and liberal internationalism and anti-Americanism, taking into consideration how they shaped international conflict and cooperation. In reconstructing the history of the Anglosphere, the book engages directly with the most recent debates in international relations scholarship and American foreign policy. —Stanford University Press
Stanford University Press ••• (description, reviews, author info, excerpts, table of contents)
Blogs & Websites
Rafe Champion's Philosophy Site •••  & "Revivalist" magazine •••
469 The Philosophy Site of Rafe Champion - treasures and surprises for friends of Karl Popper, Ludwig von Mises, and F. A. Hayek
"Getting to Know Popper", by Brian Magee ••• — found on Champion's site (proof of its value!)
"The Rathouse ••• is a site dedicated to learning and scholarship in a playful, imaginative and sceptical mood. Leave your firearms at the door and come in for a breath of critical fresh air from the likes of Karl Popper and Jacques Barzun." … "On this site, you will find a range of essays, reviews and other items that I have written over some years. Many are inspired by the work of  Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. Along with other great scholars such as Jacques Barzun, they deserve to be better known and better understood."
Lotus, Mike
Mike blogs as Lexington Green on Chicagoboyz ••• (many Anglospherian items)
Victorian Art ••• (devoted to Victorian/Edwardian Paintings
Mead, Walter Russell ••• (Via Meadia, his blog)
Micklethwaite, Brian
Four items on Emmanuel Todd (& Youssef Courbage) •••
474 Oath of Fealty of the Aragonese Lords to their Monarch
469 The Philosophy Site of Rafe Champion - treasures and surprises for friends of Karl Popper, Ludwig von Mises, and F. A. Hayek
010 "An Anglosphere Primer", by James C. Bennett - ©2001, 2002 by James C. Bennett, Presented to the Foreign Policy Research Institute
176 The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century, by James C. Bennett
180 Alan Macfarlane - The Making of the Modern World, The Riddle of the Modern World & other contents of Alan Macfarlane's website
295 "The Champion of Hong Kong's Freedom: Sir John Cowperthwaite, Hong Kong, 1941 to 1971", by Christian Wignall. See this glyph for an additional article by Wignall: "Hong Kong stumbles along the road to serfdom".
202 Albion's Seed, by David Hackett Fischer - origins of complex, dynamic, stable order
195 Albion's Seedlings - weblog on Anglosphere topics
090 Philosophy and the Real World, by Brian Magee
380 William of Ockham (1300-1349) as Understood by Claudio Véliz - various kinds of decentralized disorder & the romantic disposition
387 Realist and Nominalist — Baroque Hedgehog and Gothic Fox - a Greek myth central to Claudio Véliz' The New World of the Gothic Fox
378 "The Factory System of the Early Nineteenth Century", by W. H. Hutt - toward a better understanding of conditions existing early in the Industrial Revolution
416 Bennett's Conjecture on English Speaking India - the most important fact of the 21st century?
013 Letters on the English, by Voltaire, 1733
History, Participants, Scholars
History of this Vortex
Participants in Vortex Beowulf (earlier names: Pelagius, Arthur)
Hollis Danvers, Bill Casey, Jim Bennett, Leif Smith, Barbara Johnson, Rand Simberg, Lexington Green, Peter Saint-André, Alan Macfarlane, Michael Lotus, James McCormick, John O'Sullivan, Pat Wagner, Mark Frazier, Bob Chitester, Ed Warner, ...
Scholars whose work is contributory (bibliographies forthcoming (patience, please))
James C. Bennett, Winston Churchill, Robert Conquest, Ricardo Duchesne, David Hackett Fischer, Francis Fukuyama, Yukichi Fukuzawa, F. A. Hayek, Paul Johnson, Joel Kotkin, Alan Macfarlane, F. W. Maitland, Montesquieu, John Morley, Noël Mostert, Kevin Phillips, Murray N. Rothbard, Immanuel Todd, Claudio Véliz, Voltaire, Sjdjan Vucetic