Vortex Anglosphere : evolution of a network commonwealth

navigation: click ►▼, links & ••• —May 29, 2016

explorersfoundation.org/anglosphere.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.

May 23, 2016: Commonwealth Union FAQ, 1.0, by J. C. Bennett
First paragraph and table of contents, from http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/562.html
http://explorersfoundation.org/archive/jcbennett-cu-faq-1.0.pdf (complete FAQ)
April 29, 2016: Why British exit from the EU should matter to Americans, by J. C. Bennett.
February 21, 2016: Launch of the Audacious Union Project


The Anglosphere is far from being just a quirky, nostalgic idea. It is at the heart of a re-emerging political world-view.
“Euroscepticism and the Anglosphere: Traditions and Dilemmas in Contemporary English Nationalism,” Journal of Common Market Studies, January 2015 issue, Volume 53, Issue 1, by Ben Wellings, Monash University, and Helen Baxendale, Oxford University. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.12207/full#jcms12207-sec-0004
The word, “Anglosphere” occurs in Neal Stephenson’s novel, The Diamond Age, published in 1995. Jim Bennett used the word in a talk given at The Hudson Institute’s Thatcher Forum, October 1999 (date needs confirmation), in an article in the National Post, January 4, 2000, and in an article in The National Interest: Networking Nation-States (Winter 2003-2004).
The meaning of “Anglosphere” according to Jim Bennett:

The Anglosphere is more than the sum of all persons who have learned the English language. To be part of the Anglosphere implies the sharing of fundamental customs and values at the core of English-speaking cultures: individualism; rule of law; honoring of convenants; in general, the high-trust characteristics described by Francis Fukuyama in Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity; and the emphasis on freedom as a political and cultural value. The Anglosphere shares a narrative in which the Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, trial by jury, “innocent until proven guilty,” “a man’s home is his castle,” and “a man’s word is his bond” are common themes. Two persons communicating in English but sharing the narrative and assumptions of a different civilization are not necessarily a part of the Anglosphere, unless their values have also been affected by the core values of English-speaking civilization. — The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century, James C. Bennett, pp. 79-80

Robert Conquest is said to have used the word in a book published around 2000.
Daniel Hannan’s talk at Acton Institute, October 9, 2014 •••

Explorers Foundation invests in portions of the currently irrelevant which we believe, in time, will become currently critical. Bennett’s work on the Anglosphere and the potential for a Commonwealth Union is an example of the once barely relevant having become currently relevant, perhaps even critical, as British exit from the EU will open the way to the formation of a Commonwealth Union. -leif, May 31, 2016
Project Bennett — Explorers Foundation support of the work of James C. Bennett
In the following partial listing of works by James C. Bennett a good place to start is: The Third Anglosphere Century ••• (pdf) (Heritage Foundation 2007); Amazon ••• (printed booklet, from $14.98 -checked May 31, 2016)

http://www.unitedcommonwealthsociety.org/2014/12/06/imperial-federation-after-130-years-part-1/ — by Ed Harris, Secretary of the United Commonwealth Society •••
John Wilkes Club •••
Book Reviews
Articles (by author, or by topic)
Jim Bennett’s work is listed separately (see above). It inspires and focuses this vortex. We continue to provide financial support.
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
Hannan, Daniel
The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, 2010 •••
Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World, 2013 •••
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
eBooks (free to download) •••
Yukichi Fukuzawa and the Making of the Modern World (Published originally in Making of the Modern World, Palgrave 2002)

F. W. Maitland and the Making of the Modern World (Published originally in Making of the Modern World, Palgrave 2002)

Baron de Montesquieu and the Making of the Modern World (Published originally in Riddle of the Modern World, Macmillan 2000)

Adam Smith and the Making of the Modern World (Published originally in Riddle of the Modern World, Macmillan 2000)

Alexis de Tocqueville and the Making of the Modern World (Published originally in Riddle of the Modern World, Macmillan 2000)

Thomas Malthus and the Making of the Modern World (ebook only)
See glyph 180 Alan Macfarlane
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
O'Rourke, on Cars -- found by Glenn Reynolds and posted on Instapundit for July 13, 2011
Cars didn’t shape our existence; cars let us escape with our lives. We’re way the heck out here in Valley Bottom Heights and Trout Antler Estates because we were at war with the cities. We fought rotten public schools, idiot municipal bureaucracies, corrupt political machines, rampant criminality and the pointy-headed busybodies. Cars gave us our dragoons and hussars, lent us speed and mobility, let us scout the terrain and probe the enemy’s lines. And thanks to our cars, when we lost the cities we weren’t forced to surrender, we were able to retreat. —Glenn comments: "That’s why the nanny-staters hate ‘em. They want you under their thumb."
History, Participants, Scholars