Pan-Anglo Nationalism

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Pan-Anglo Nationalism is an ideology which supports the view that English-speaking nations are the most politically advanced in the world, that the culture and values of English-speaking nations are superior to others and, where possible, should be imposed on others. Pan-Anglo nationalism is a legacy of the British Empire and, like the "Unwritten Constitution" of the U.K., it is defined more by specific cases than by compacts or documented agreements. Prime cases include the close cooperation in World Wars I and II and in making the post-war treaties and political and economic arrangements. Today, the prime example is the close cooperation of the U.S., U.K. and Australia in the invasion of Iraq. The full spectrum of Pan-Anglo nations need not be included to validate every case. The "special relationship" between the U.K. and the U.S. (which trumps the U.K.'s committment to its European Union partners) is another prime case - given vivid illumination by President Bush's placing of a bust of Churchill in the Oval Office.

As with other nationalisms, support for Pan-Anglo nationalism is not a constant but waxes and wanes. It is most easy to identify when in conflict - as evidenced by its resurgence in the face of the current threat from Islamic extremists - but usually exists at a lower level of expression promoting and extending its values and influence.

Because the English-speaking nations consider themselves to be the most advanced nations politically and culturally, they have undertaken to be the policeman of the world, generally supporting their most powerful member, the U.S., in fulfilling this role.

The military and economic power of the English-speaking nations is unrivalled and provides enormous leverage in setting world trade and economic policy. It also ensures that Pan-Anglo culture and values are dominant to the extent that they are considered the norm. Hence, these values are rarely identified as stemming from one national source but rather termed universal. It is one of the great political challenges today to get Pan-Anglo nationalists to admit (a) that their values and culture are actually their values and culture and (b) that the rest of the planet should be allowed and encouraged to contribute to the search for universal values.

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