It’s time to revive the anglosphere

It’s time to revive the anglosphere, by Andrew Roberts.

The Anglosphere is the name given to all those countries in the world where the majority of people speak English as their first language, almost all of which have similar outlooks and shared values.

The four “Canzuk” countries of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK are a prominent historical subset of this larger group, and there is a mounting case that some form of federation among them — with free trade, free movement of people, a mutual defence organisation and combined military capabilities — would create a new global superpower and ally of the U.S., the great anchor of the Anglosphere. …

The Canzuk countries have not just a common majority language but a common legal system, a common parliamentary and political tradition, a common military structure and tradition and a common head of state in Queen Elizabeth II. They are, moreover, racially diverse, multicultural countries with a long history of working together, including the period when their military collaboration was, in 1940-41, the sole force on the planet that resisted Nazi totalitarianism.

All they lack is geographic proximity, which in the era of the internet and post-Covid renewed air travel is no longer the insuperable barrier it once was. …

Canzuk would have a combined GDP of more than $8 trillion, placing it behind only the US, China and the EU. Its combined population of 135 million would make it the world’s ninth-largest power demographically, with much higher levels of education and GDP per capita than most of the other eight. …

Unlike the EU, however, whose leaders refused to disclose its ultimate centralising goals when it was set up in the 1950s, Canzuk would not seek an “ever closer union.” Its program for a loose confederal state linking the Westminster democracies would be clearly enunciated right from the start.

A second Anglospheric superpower would mean that the political values we share will be better defended and promoted, and a flourishing Canzuk would be a fine neighbour and trading and defence partner for the US. As the world order undergoes its most profound transition since the end of the Cold War, it is an idea whose moment has arrived.

It already sort of happens, in an ad-hoc way.