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The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett

Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century

A review by Mark Frazier, Washington D.C. area - posted at

A profound work, October 16, 2004

For more than two decades, Jim Bennett has been one of the country's most acute thinkers on the frontiers of technology and cultural/political trends. The Anglosphere Challenge shows the strengths of civil society responses to growing state incapacities and failures. Emerging "networked commonwealths", he foresees, will advance universal values of freedom while accelerating innovation across new realms of human endeavor. This book is a storehouse of wisdom and hope for not only for those in the Anglosphere, but for people of all heritages and backgrounds seeking to live in an open world.

What is the Anglosphere?

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 b the core values of English-speaking civilization." —The Anglosphere Challenge, pg 79-80.


The on-line bibliography for The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century will be found at:

A fascinating commentary on books that influenced Bennett's development of the network commonwealth and Anglosphere concepts. -leif

"The Third Anglosphere Century," by James C. Bennett, a Heritage paper published online November 2007.
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