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

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ISBN-10: 0742533328

ISBN-13: 9780742533325

Edition: 2003

Authors: James C. Bennett

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Coining the term anglosphere to describe a loose coalition based on a common language and heritage, James C. Bennett believes that traits common to America and other English-speaking nations--a particularly strong and independent civil society; openness and receptivity to the world, its people, and ideas; and a dynamic economy--have uniquely positioned them to prosper in a time of dramatic technological and scientific change. In a wide-ranging exploration back to the Industrial Revolution and into the future, The Anglosphere Challenge gives voice to a growing movement on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/7/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 354
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

James C. Bennett is President and Director of Internet Transactions Transnational, Inc. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Three Questions about the Future: Answers from the Past
The Internet Era-and Beyond
Beyond the Information Revolution: The Singularity
Thinking about the Revolutions of the Singularity
Bounded and Unbounded Visions
Bounded and Unbounded Problems: The Space Development Example
Y2K as the Opposite Case: Mistaking Bounded for Unbounded Problems
Death and Taxes: Extending Lifespan, and Its Consequences
Taking a Possibility Seriously
How to Think about the Effects of These Revolutions: The "Pessimistic Scenario"
Industrial Goods as Software: The Next Phase of the Information Revolution, and Its Implications
Civil Society and the Hazards of the Singularity Revolutions: The Case of Nanotechnology
Civil Societies and the Economy of the Singularity
After the Economic State: The Civic State and the Network Commonwealth
Hobbes and Rousseau in Cyberspace
Limits to the Breakdown of Big Governments
The Growing Worldwide Market in Sovereignty Services and the Decline of the Monopoly of the Economic State
Linux as a Foreshadowing of the Economics of the Singularity: The End of Capitalism and the Triumph of the Market Economy
The Civic State: On the Nature and Limits of Governments in the Era of the Singularity
Building the Network Commonwealth: The Power of Self-Assembly Protocols
Political Self-Assembly Protocols: A Tool for the Singularity Revolution
A Call for Civilizational Construction
The Anglosphere and Its Revolutions
The Anglosphere and the New Understanding of the West
Reconvergence and Culture: Why the Information Revolution Is Drawing the Anglosphere Closer Together
What Is the Anglosphere?
The Fundamental Structures of the Anglosphere: States, Regions, and Cultural Nations
Cultural Nations-The Invisible Understructure
Cultural Nations and Regions: What's the Difference?
Becoming a Self-Aware Civilization: The Anglosphere Perspective
Memetic Plagues of the Anglosphere
Coming Home to the Anglosphere
Trust, Civil Society, Government, and Cyberspace
One World through the Internet? The Role of Trust, Cooperation, and Cultural Commonality
Trust and Civil Society
Trust, Reform, and the Three Gateways
One World, Many Marketplaces
The New Amphibians: Living Simultaneously in Cyberspace and the Physical World
Better Communications and the Rise of Nationalism
Space and Power: Geopolitics and the Topology of Information Space
Hanseatic Leagues in Cyberspace
The New Understanding of the Market: Rules of Thumb for Intervention
The Anarcho-Capitalist Debate and Other Red Herrings
Civic States and Large-Scale Federations
Coherent Noncontiguous States
What Will Become of Big Government Establishments?
The Civic State and The Network Commonwealth
The Sinews of the Network Commonwealth: Evolving New Forms from Existing Elements
Trade, Security, and Technology Intersect: The Case of Anglosphere Defense Cooperation
Who Will Control the Commonwealth? Popular Control of Transnational Institutions
Commonwealth or Tribalism
Network Commonwealths around the World
United Nations-or Associated Commonwealths?
The Anglosphere as a Unique Civilization
The Anglosphere Constitutional Tradition and War
Five Civil Wars: Union and Secession in the Anglosphere
Preserving the National Voice in a Decentralized World
The Anglosphere's History as the History of Its Cultural Nations
American Cultural Nations and Their Histories
The Relationship between Cultural Nations and Nation-State
Cultural Nations in Actuality: North America
Cultural Nations Elsewhere in the Anglosphere
Regions, Civic States, and Scale
The Anglosphere Century
1776: Divergence and the End of the First Empire
Convergence in Politics: The Dilemma of the Second Empire
Potential Roadblocks to an Anglosphere Network Commonwealth
Postimperial Identity Questions in the Commonwealth States
The African Special Relationship: American Africans, the Caribbean, and Africa
Embedded Cultures, Native Nations, and Pan-Anglosphere Minorities
What's at Stake: Uses of the Network Commonwealth
Controlling Dangers, Maintaining Freedoms: Constitutional Traditions and the Technologies of the Singularity
Common Law and Common Markets: Harmony without Homogenization
The Anglosphere Debate
Moving toward an Anglosphere Network Commonwealth
Doing Their Part: Leadership and the Emergence of the Network Commonwealth
Devolution and the Neverendum in Scotland and Quebec
African America: The Stalled Transition to High Trust
Prospects for the Anglosphere
Canada and Le Project Trudeau
Quebec and the Nine Provinces: Two Nations and Two Network Civilizations
Britain: Scotland and the West Lothian Question; The Euro and the Westphalian Question
The United States and the Anglosphere: From Post-Cold War Reorientation to the Challenge of the Singularity
South Africa: What Form of Union?
Australia and New Zealand: Identity in Oceania
Ireland: What Price the EU?
Trade and Defense Drivers for the Network Commonwealth
The Anglosphere as the "Offshore Island"
The Anglosphere and the Challenge of the Singularity
Annotated Bibliography
Index
About the Author