Alexis de Tocqueville synthesized it thusly: The American is the Englishman left to himself. The broader point is that we in America share the Anglo-Saxon heritage of liberty with Great Britain and very few other nations in the world.
Nations who are also of Anglo-Saxon heritage. By which I do not mean race or ethnicity. I mean English as the sole native tongue. I mean nations in which the rule of law, representative and accountable government, and individual liberty are honored.
In a different word, the Anglosphere. Places where talking, and more importantly, thinking, is done in only one language: English.
What nations today are part of the Anglosphere? Britain, of course. The United States, so far. Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. There are other places where English is the principal language spoken, and many kinder writers will include places such as Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and India.
This is charity. Each of these place has its virtues and vices. And make no mistake: so do we in the Anglosphere. We are hardly perfect. But: we have the lodestar of liberty to fall back on when in crisis. We have our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution. Both originally crafted to protect what we saw as our natural, God-given rights as Englishmen. Both logical extensions of the English and Scottish Enlightenments, of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, of the Reformation.
Other nations mimic these founding documents; very few with success. And, even in those few stable democracies that are not English speakers or former English colonies, citizenship is usually based on blood, not on creed.
I would further maintain, that our vices in the Anglosphere stem in large part from our departure from the Anglo-Saxon norms of liberty upon which we were founded. That we forget our heritage of liberty at our peril.
These kinds of assertions drive the multiculturalists batty. Which is another one of their virtues. But the hard truth, borne out by history around the globe, is that not all cultures produce true freedom and liberty. Most do not. The norm around the world seems to be tyranny. It is one reason North America (except for Mexico, which is technically in North America) is wealthy, South America poor.
Others that seem to have the trappings of liberty (like today’s European Union) go through the motions and pretend, but when push comes to shove, to whom are the Eurocrats in Brussels accountable to? Does the hyper-regulation of the EU, coming soon to these shores thanks to our world-citizen Obama, strike you as being the hallmark of a free country?
Rule of law in theEU? How so when nations reject its constitution (e.g. France, Ireland) to no avail? And The EU is the best of the sorry lot that is the world outside the Anglosphere.
We’ve been free in the Anglosphere for a very few number of centuries. The trendline is not encouraging. But we’re the best the world has got, so we’re duty bound to persevere.