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  • The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on October 17th, 2004 (All posts by )

    That is the title of Jim Bennett’s long awaited book. It is finally out.

    Mine is en route, and you should go order one now. Or several, Christmas being just around the corner and all…

    The term “Anglosphere” and the ideas associated with it have become one of the standard memes of the Right/Libertarian spiral arm of the blog galaxy, and are creeping increasingly into the mainstream media. This happened years before the book came out. Why did this happen? Because the facts before us cried out for an organizing principle and cogent terminology, and Bennett has supplied that, drawing in large part on the works of David Hackett Fischer and Alan MacFarlane. (Even the best of us stand on the shoulders of giants.)

    Long-time readers of this blog know that we have frequently referred to Bennett’s writing and theories, e.g., here and here, and here. We have long relied on Jim’s Anglosphere Primer as the summary of his views and analysis and a good introduction for the uninitiated.

    I and many others eagerly await the more elaborated version which the book promises to be.

    A review and analysis of the book will be forthcoming once extreme work-related demands abate. That could be a long time.

    (Of course I will not be offended if other ChicagoBoys or -Grrls weigh in about the book sooner than I am able to.)

    (Update: Weirdly, Amazon has regressed to showing the book as not published yet and available for pre-ordering, after having shown it as available, and even though I got a notice that my pre-ordered copy has been shipped. Hmmm. Perhaps more oddly, the Amazon.co.uk site does show it as available.)

     

    8 Responses to “The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century”

    1. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Bah, humbug! The future will speak German. ;

    2. Richard A. Heddleson Says:

      You had your chance last century.

    3. Lex Says:

      The Germans will make their greatest contribution speaking German at home and English to the rest of the world.

    4. Steven Den Beste Says:

      What I want to know is whether Canada will decide it’s going to be part of the Anglosphere or part of the Francosphere. When, and which one?

    5. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Richard,

      there should have been a smiley behind my comment.
      I didn’t mean it seriously, of course.

      Lex,

      just like I’m doing now, eh? :)

    6. Lex Says:

      SDB — I hope it turns into two countries which each go their own way. When and how are mysteries yet concealed from us.

      Ralf –EXACTLY.

    7. Richard A. Heddleson Says:

      Ir’s mutual.

    8. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Ok, Richard. :)