Talking Up the “Anglosphere”

by Ryan on January 2, 2012

in Anything Else,Economy,Europe,History,International Relations

There’s been a bit of theoretical buzz out there about the future of Britain in the European Union.  Britain doesn’t quite fit in and ultimately, with the impending collapse of the euro a real possibility in the next few years, along with a hidebound European Union dragging them down, some have postulated that Britain needs to dump the EU and strengthen its ties with North America — even joining NAFTA!  Some even quip that America should be repatriated into the British Empire!

All in good fun.

But playing with this idea one sees that America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (aka- the other parts of the English-speaking world, or the “anglosphere”) make up a remarkably successful and stable group of nations much closer to Britain in custom and culture than Europe.  These former British colonies are economically driven, not bogged down with cross-border social control schemes like Europe.  Tying closer them together would not attempt to interfere with their social welfare-state distinctions (though it might help if we embraced a more 1980-90s American model);  it would be about free-flowing money and trade.

I’m a fan of the anlgosphere, if world economics should move us in that direction.  History has clearly shown over the last 300 years that speaking English and embracing decentralized market forces in one’s economy is a far better model than any other in maintaining economic, military, and social stability.  The World Wars psychologically damaged Europe, constantly pushing them towards forced integration and awkwardly imposed international schemes designed to prevent future continental conflict.  The EU and euro are manifestations of this forced integration (so is the UN, by the way).

That is why Europe’s latest experiments are likely due to fail, prompting the savvy British to one day have to mull over other options.

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