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The Anglosphere Challenge, James C. Bennett.In Bennett's "The Anglosphere Challenge"
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I am a proponent of the Anglosphere. What is it? Well, in a world of increasing globalisation, I believe agreements on trade, migration and defence should be more carefully rooted in our own culture and heritage, rather than artificial trading blocks such as NAFTA, TPP and the EU. In recent years we have witnessed the absolute havoc these treaties have wrought on the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). In the US, American business has suffered immeasurably by NAFTA and soon the TPP, which have allowed corporations to move their manufacturing base off shore, to third-world nations, where products can be made at the fraction of the cost under near slave-labour conditions, with no significant penalty in selling these products back to the United States. Americans have also watched helplessly as items marked "Made in the USA" disappeared off the market shelves. Today, most of our groceries are imported from South America, and even many of our American flags are "Made in China." The industrial base of the United States has eroded to nothing. The blue-collar worker is fading away, and along with him, the American middle class. Then of course we have our illegal alien problem in the United States, which is not directly the result of trade agreements, but does play a role in them. Meanwhile, across the pond, the UK is now in the midst of the worse migration crisis since the Viking invasions over a thousand years ago. The UK's membership in the EU has forced Britons to accept millions of Muslim immigrants, and refugees, who are radically changing the very character of the nation. Now with the growing threat of the EU raising its own army, drafting UK citizens to serve in it, and taking over UK sovereignty on many more issues, many Britons are watching in horror as the nation they fought two world wars to protect, becomes absorbed into a pan-European superstate, run primarily by Germany.
The problems facing the US and UK are not entirely identical, but they are remarkably similar, and increasingly, the people of both unions are finding out that the only reasonable solution left is to take matters into our own hands, pull out of these artificial trade pacts, and work together to compete in a world of increasing globalisation. The people of the US have a lot more in common with the people of the UK than we do with the people of Mexico or South America and Southeast Asia. Likewise, the people of the UK have a lot more in common with the people of the US than they do with the people of Germany or Europe and the Middle East. There is an organic union between us, because we speak the same language, have a shared history, and a common worldview on law, religion and politics. Americans cannot deny their British heritage, anymore than Britons can deny their American offspring. There is an organic connection between us, and together we are stronger, while divided we fall.
Some Americans like to get a little overly-sentimental at this point, pulling up the events of 1776 - 1783, and yes, we are all familiar with that. However, nobody is talking about ceding American sovereignty back to the British crown. Granted, there are a few people who would like to see that, but for the most part, that is not something that most Americans (or Britons) take seriously. Working together as partners in trade, defence and migration is not the same as undoing the American Revolution. The United States is an independent nation now, with no subordination to the British crown or parliament. That's an established historical fact that is not likely to change. However, the US has already been working to defend the UK from German and Soviet aggressors for a century now, so there is nothing new about that. Expanding that role to include trade and migration, while pulling out of artificial treaties like NAFTA and the TPP, will only rebuild America's industrial might, giving the UK, as well as Australia and New Zealand, greater economic and military security.
Look, as it stands right now, The US and UK are taking a beating on the international scene. That's because other nations are taking advantage of us, and we've been letting them do it for decades. This has got to stop! As of the date of this essay (June 10, 2016), the British people are contemplating the most important decision they could make in 500 years. It's called the "Brexit," scheduled for a national vote on June 23, 2016 and it relates to Britain pulling out of the European Union (EU). This needs to happen, because if the British people are serious about remaining a sovereign nation, and the master of their own destiny, than they must wrestle control of their country away from the hands of their EU masters in Germany. Meanwhile, in the United States, the American people are contemplating a similar decision, playing out in a different way. The shocking success of Donald J. Trump's campaign for President of the United States is built upon the very same idea that it's time to take control of America's destiny out of the hands of artificial trade deals that benefit only the super-wealthy and international corporations. If both the Trump campaign and the Brexit are successful, what we will be witnessing is a rebirth of the Anglosphere. Unlike the old British Empire of days gone by, the Anglosphere will not be controlled by a central monarch in the UK. Rather, it will be a product of mutual cooperation between a mother country (UK) and her adult daughters (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), with that partnership extending out peripherally, in smaller ways, to other English-speaking (Anglophone) nations. The industrial powerhouse of this grand confederacy will be the United States and Canada of course, simply because of population and resources, while the UK, Australia and New Zealand become the chief beneficiaries of this both economically and militarily. Migration issues can be dealt with together among all these partner nations, according to rules set up that benefit the Anglosphere, not everyone else. All and all, it's a better way, a better path forward, and one in which we can strengthen our cultural ties, and rebuild our Anglo-Celtic identity.
In regards to culture and identity, I'm going to say something here that is probably going to irritate some of my readers, but it must be said. The Anglosphere, at least its core members, (consisting of the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), is an Anglo-Celtic confederacy of peoples. Now what does this mean? I am not speaking of race. So let's not go there. Yes, Anglo-Celtic people are those who originate from the British Isles, so race does play a small role in the origin of Anglo-Celtic culture, but culture and heritage are much bigger than race. Culture and heritage have to do with what native language you speak, what things you have in common with others who speak the same language, and the political/social worldview of those who speak the same language. The Anglo culture comes from the Anglo-Saxon people of Southern Britain (primarily England and Wales), while the Celtic culture comes primarily from Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. In the United States, our language and culture derive primarily from these regions. While people of other parts of the world have always immigrated to the United States, they were historically expected to adopt the Anglo-Celtic ways (especially the English language) of the American people. Recently, that hasn't been the case so much, and that needs to change. We need to go back to the way we used to handle immigration.
A similar thing can be said of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We are all Anglo-Celtic people, and this is what it means to be part of the Anglosphere. For those of you who would like to misconstrue what I've written here as some kind of racist rant, it will behove you to know that I consider people of African, Hispanic, and Asian racial heritage to be Anglo-Celtic as well, so long as they primarily speak English and identify as a committed citizen of one of the Anglosphere nations. Skin colour and racial pedigree mean nothing to me. What matters is language and culture.
On the subject of culture, I would like to elaborate. The word "culture" is derived from the Latin word cultus, which means "religion." I am a Roman Catholic, but I am also a supporter of the Anglican Patrimony within the Catholic Church. We are living in a very interesting time. At the beginning of this decade, Pope Benedict XVI signed an apostolic constitution called Anglicanorum Coetibus, meaning "Groups of Anglicans." This document created a provision within the Catholic Church, wherein Anglican and Methodist converts could be organised within the Catholic Church under their own episcopal jurisdiction. They must accept the full teachings of the Catholic Church of course, but once that is done, they are allowed to govern themselves according to their own Anglican Patrimony, heritage and pastoral custom. While the original Anglican Communion, the Protestant affiliation of churches that make up Anglicanism, continues to fall apart due to endless flirtation with moral relativism, it would appear that the Anglican Patrimony has found its new home in the Catholic Church, and it is within the Catholic Church it will thrive and flourish. As part of this flourishing, Catholics of the Anglican Patrimony are drawing upon religious texts and devotions from Medieval Britain, from before the Reformation, and in doing so are rebuilding a religious heritage that has slowly been fading away for the last half millennium. I find it providential that such a spiritual treasure, sure to strengthen and rebuild our Anglo-Celtic culture, has come into existence at this critical period of history, just before the re-emergence of the Anglosphere.
Of course, there is always the possibility that things could be delayed. The Brexit may fail, and Britain may fall into decades of subservience to its EU masters. Such a scenario can only end in violence for the people of the UK, who will eventually have to take back their country by force or lose it forever. It may take a few decades to reach that point, but the trajectory is unavoidable. Likewise, Donald J. Trump may lose his bid for the presidency, and Hillary Clinton may become the next President of the United States. If that happens, America will continue down a path of globalism that will benefit other nations, the ultra-wealthy, and international corporations more than the people of the United States. Such a trajectory can only end in prolonged economic depression, the loss of the middle class, and perhaps even violence someday. This wouldn't be the first time the UK and the US have chosen to go about history the hard way.
Even if this is the case, however, the provision Pope Benedict XVI made with Anglicanorum Coetibus still holds within it a glimmer of hope, albeit a smaller hope for a smaller Anglo-Celtic people, much further down the road. So by the end of this month, we shall see if the people of the UK are ready to control their own destiny again, and by the beginning of November, we shall know if the people of the US are ready to join them in this. 2016 may very well go down in history as the most pivotal year in the 21st century for English-speaking (Anglophone) people.
There are those who are forecasting an economic disaster if the Brexit succeeds and Donald J. Trump is elected president. I believe they are right, but what they intend to be scare tactics, to frighten voters into compliance with the globalists, is really just a subtle admission of how fragile their economic house of cards really is. Artificial economic/political unions, based entirely on geography and ideology, are weak and inherently unstable. They trend toward inequity and are prone to collapse. If the withdraw of one single member-state could produce a global recession, than we know the whole system was dangerously unreliable to begin with. Again, if the election of one candidate over another to the Whitehouse could produce similar results, we have ridiculously flimsy economic trade agreements. All the more reason to do the right thing and get out now, before its too late. So time will tell, and we may have half of our answer before my next blog entry.
Shane Schaetzel is an author of Catholic books and a columnist for Christian print magazines and online publications. He is a freelance writer and the creator of 'CatholicInTheOzarks.com.' Your support is what makes essays like this possible. This essay and all of Shane's Internet resources come to you (ad-free) thanks to the generosity of benefactors. Please consider becoming a benefactor.
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