Unless you’ve been under a rock — in which case we’re profoundly grateful that your first act on emergence was to check out WeaponsMan.com — you’ve heard about Brexit, the British vote to exit the EU. This was profoundly shocking to the ITV commentators watched live, and redounds to the frustration of Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, and all the latest generation of would-be Napoleons who meant to crush British sovereignty and exceptionalism. (Not to mention all those Britons whose fondest dream is to be the Vidkun Quisling of such a European imperium).
Ah, but what does British exit from the EU’s dream of a continent ruled by a hereditary cast of technocrats mean for the greater world? It could mean greater integration of the Anglosphere. Writing in USA Today, James C. Bennett suggests that Britain should look to the lands of the British diaspora.
…[T]here is an interesting development, which to date, has been under the radar of most international political observers, but which now has been given a green light by yesterday’s and today’s events. This is the growing movement for closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, the so-called CANZUK nations. A Change.org petition calling for bureaucracy-free movement between those 4 nations recently gained over 100,000 signatures in a few months without any financial backing or big names in support. Boris Johnson, the flamboyant ex-mayor of London, and now victorious leader of the Leave movement in the Brexit referendum, has endorsed CANZUK free movement as a near term goal.
Beyond free movement, commentators such as Canadian publisher Conrad Black, and British economist Andrew Lilico, have called for some form of confederation of the CANZUK nations. As a superior alternative to the European Union, such a confederation would be a globe-spanning advanced technological, economic and military power bigger than Germany or Japan, and whose 4 members have individually been Americas most constant and capable allies. Unlike many so-called “allies”, when America has asked for help, these usually have shown up with soldiers, ships and planes. If such a plan went ahead, America could end up with the kind of partner it had always hoped the EU would be but which never showed up in reality. Brexit is a good thing even on its own terms. However, if it became the starting point of such a development, it could bring much much more for its own members and for the USA.
Such an Anglosphere Union has been at work for decades — since 1940, really — in the defense, security and intelligence realm. You’ve probably seen declassified documents marked REL FVEY — It means “releasable to the Five Eyes,” the five being in alphabetical order: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US). (A SECRET REL FVEY document can’t be given to any random Kiwi or Canuck any more than it can to any random American: this is a mechanism for intelligence sharing among cleared members of cooperating intelligence agencies). For a while, the Kiwis were out over a political disagreement over nuclear weapons, but all in all it’s been a strong alliance, and it’s well placed to frame greater defense, economic and political ties between the Anglosphere nations.
It is unlikely our current President, who affects a bogus African loathing of Britain as a colonial power, will be interested in supporting an Anglospheric Common Market or unified trade and travel treaty. It is unlikely that America’s rotten political elites will support it, absent signs that they can somehow turn it to greater graft. So it seems probable that, if such a thing comes to pass, the US will be on the outside looking in. However, most Americans of good will, whose lives and imaginations aren’t crippled by the daddy issues from an absentee father and the facile nonsense of academic dogma, would welcome such a development.
Do Read The Whole Thing™. And consider how it might extend.