International summits are wonderful events. Heads of state, cabinet officers and their staffs, CEO’s, various think tanks and special guest speakers get together to discuss policies and innovative solutions to common problems faced by their group. Yet, in over two-hundred years of the modern political era, Anglosphere nations have never held a summit dedicated to Anglo nations. Inexplicable!
It’s time for the leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States to reach out to all English-speaking nations such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other primarily English-speaking nations to invite them to an Anglosphere Summit this year. (Yes! THIS year!)
Announcing the First Annual Anglosphere Summit: Anglosphere Summit 1.0 (Synergy)
A simple three-day format could be employed for the first annual Anglosphere Summit where the first day (1/3 of the programme) could help broaden the understanding of what the Anglosphere as a whole has contributed in the 20th-century (and more to the point, what it has accomplished in the 21st-century) via gigantic video projections and guest speakers on each topic, the second day (1/3 of the programme) could be devoted to present-day challenges for Anglosphere nations, while the final day could suggest conventional and innovative solutions to problems faced by Anglosphere nations, complete with photo opportunities, signing ceremonies, along with an award for the most-improved Anglo economy over the previous year.
And finally, the greatest strengths of Anglo nations have always been their respective economies, their combined economic power, and their per capita economic power, backed by their always-loyal military institutions. A deep commitment to international trade and a powerful but well-disciplined military are a world-beating combination that can’t ever be taken for granted by Anglo political leaders. That’s what made us who we are.
Each year, one Anglosphere nation could offer to host the Anglosphere Summit and tailor the experience so that each attendee can learn about the host country’s successes and failures in governance, policies, social structures, and industry, allowing attendees to take home that knowledge and build a better country.
Such luminaries as Bill Gates (computing) Bill Ford Jr. (automotive industry) Richard Branson (airlines, tourism) Jim Rogers (energy) Arnold Schwarzenegger (governance, movie industry, renewable energy) Elon Musk (TESLA, Space-X, SolarCity, PayPal, Ebay) and other entrepreneurs could deliver compelling presentations to participants, bringing them up-to-the-minute information on their fields of expertise.
Such resources the Anglosphere has available to them(!!!) but the experience and reach of these stellar people are criminally underutilized by Anglosphere politicians and policymakers. Unforgivable!
After the summit concludes, everything could remain in place for two weeks to allow the public to hear the recorded speeches and see the exhibits at the venue, and to watch the same informational videos in the same setting as Anglosphere leaders.
Leaders of Anglosphere countries need to lead. They need to synergize their efforts to compete in the global marketplace. And they need the support of all English-speaking countries to confront common domestic and international problems. There has never been a better time to work together!
- La Francophonie website — La Francophonie is a great organization dedicated to the betterment of all people living in French-speaking nations and it does incredible development work around the globe, much of it focused on poverty-stricken and up-and-coming French-speaking nations. Je salue la Francophonie!
- The Commonwealth of Nations website — an organization dedicated to the United Kingdom and its historical colonies that are now full-fledged nations, and some new member countries. (Some are English-speaking nations, while others aren’t) “The Commonwealth is an association of sovereign nations which support each other and work together towards international goals. With their common heritage in language, culture, law, education and democratic traditions, among other things, Commonwealth countries are able to work together in an atmosphere of greater trust and understanding than generally prevails among nations.”
- The CANZUK nations website — a group dedicated to increased cooperation between the ‘CANZUK’ countries — Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (hence the abbreviation, CANZUK) that extends its membership to other like-minded nations. “CANZUK International (CI) is the leading group advocating closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, known amongst diplomats at the United Nations as the ‘CANZUK Group’. These four countries have shared commercial ties, geopolitical aspirations and a venerable constitutional tradition over centuries. Amongst CI’s aims is freedom of movement within the CANZUK Group for the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In addition, it regards loyalty to the same monarch as an essential symbol of a common heritage and the cornerstone of constitutional democracy. More specifically, it is envisaged that the CANZUK Group would collaborate in the following areas: – Free Trade – Foreign Policy – Constitutional Affairs. The four leading Commonwealth realms could build upon existing economic, diplomatic and institutional ties to forge a cohesive alliance of nation-states with a truly global outlook.”
- Trump says he is working on ‘very big and exciting’ trade deal with UK (Sky News)
Came across a National Review article online, “Brexit Is An Embrace of The Global Economy’s New Geography” by Salvatore Babones. The author mentions a theory I have seen elsewhere: globally, the world is dominated economically by three regions. These are: North America, Western Europe, and East Asia. And these regions in turn may have dominant centers within them. In the case of North America, the author lists two-a primary center in the northeastern USA, and a secondary center on the West Coast.
The author suggests that England could become the third center of North America.
BTW, I had trouble scrolling down through the article. I saw a rotating, multi-colored ball on my screen.
Thank you for mentioning the National Review article and I see the global economy in similar terms, which I call ‘Economic Regionalism’ and have written about elsewhere.
I think you’ll agree, the sooner a free trade agreement is signed between the UK and the United States, the better for both countries! It can’t happen soon enough for me.
With regard to the scrolling problem; I suggest that you were signed-in to your Google account at the time you visited my website.
WordPress (my blog is a WordPress blog, and WordPress hosts 28% of all websites on the internet) is now connected with Google, so if you’re signed-in to Gmail or YouTube you can comment directly on sites like mine — without having to log-in separately to comment.
I’ve noticed however, that it slows down the page-loading speed on WordPress sites by (up to) a couple of seconds.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention! If you experience any further delays with page-loading here at Letter to Britain, please feel free to let me know and I will contact WordPress to see what can be done.
As always, best regards, and thank you for your comments! JBS
Thank you, John.
Somebody will point out that the British Isles are not in North America. However, historically, an ocean has served as a highway for a maritime country such as Britain.
Think trade network.
As for England becoming the third core or center, consider the status of London. Few cities become global financial centers, and London is at the very top of the list. (New York is number 2). The UK as a whole is in the top handful of richest countries.
And the author already lists “North America” as the top region of the three dominant economic regions.
Actually, I’m thinking of an Anglosphere trade network instead of “North America”.
In my best dreams, I too think of an Anglosphere trade network!
It would be, by far, the best way to create economic growth (and other kinds of growth, not strictly related to economics) in all Anglo nations. Let us hope for and work towards such a synergistic arrangement.
However, just to get the ball rolling, as a sort of ‘Step I’ leading to ‘Step II’ maybe asking the UK to sign-on to NAFTA would work?
I just don’t see our politicians being more daring than that — everyone is so ‘risk-averse’ these days it’s a wonder anything gets done in the West!
Just to reiterate, if there were a pan-Anglosphere deal on the table today, I’d sign it instantly.
Thank you again for your visionary comments and your drive to make the Anglosphere all that it can and should be.
Such a network could be a safe haven for economic “isolates” such as Australia and New Zealand , as well as Canada. These countries are at risk for becoming resource colonies for predatory powers.