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THE
ANGLOSPHERE
CHALLENGE
B
Y James C. Bennett

Table of Contents

            
CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
INTRODUCTION 1
        • Three Questions about the Future: Answers from the Past 2
1 THE INTERNET ERA—AND BEYOND 9
        • Beyond the Information Revolution: The Singularity 11
        • Thinking about the Revolutions of the Singularity 12
        • Bounded and Unbounded Visions 13
        • Bounded and Unbounded Problems: The Space Development Example 14
        • Y2K as the Opposite Case: Mistaking Bounded for Unbounded Problems 18
        • Death and Taxes: Extending Lifespan, and Its Consequences 20
        • Taking a Possibility Seriously 21
        • How to Think about the Effects of These Revolutions: The “Pessimistic 
Scenario” 23 • Industrial Goods as Software: The Next Phase of the Information
Revolution, and Its Implications 25 • Civil Society and the Hazards of the Singularity Revolutions: The
Case of Nanotechnology 29 • Civil Societies and the Economy of the Singularity 31 • After the Economic State: The Civic State and the Network
Commonwealth 39 • Hobbes and Rousseau in Cyberspace 40 • Limits to the Breakdown of Big Governments 42 • The Growing Worldwide Market in Sovereignty Services and the
Decline of the Monopoly of the Economic State 44 • Linux as a Foreshadowing of the Economics of the Singularity: The
End of Capitalism and the Triumph of the Market Economy 47 • The Civic State: On the Nature and Limits of Governments in the Era
of the Singularity 55 • Building the Network Commonwealth: The Power of Self-Assembly
Protocols 61 • Political Self-Assembly Protocols: A Tool for the Singularity Revolution 62 • A Call for Civilizational Construction 65 2 THE ANGLOSPHERE AND ITS REVOLUTIONS 67 • The Anglosphere and the New Understanding of the West 72 • Reconvergence and Culture: Why the Information Revolution Is Drawing
the Anglosphere Closer Together 75 • What Is the Anglosphere? 79 • The Fundamental Structures of the Anglosphere: States, Regions, and Cultural Nations 82 • Cultural Nations—The Invisible Understructure 83 • Cultural Nations and Regions: What’s the Difference? 84 • Becoming a Self-Aware Civilization: The Anglosphere Perspective 89 • Memetic Plagues of the Anglosphere 93 • Coming Home to the Anglosphere 100 3 TRUST, CIVIL SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT, AND CYBERSPACE 109 • One World through the Internet? The Role of Trust, Cooperation, and
Cultural Commonality 113 • Trust and Civil Society 114 • Trust, Reform, and the Three Gateways 117 • One World, Many Marketplaces 122 • The New Amphibians: Living Simultaneously in Cyberspace and the
Physical World 124 • Better Communications and the Rise of Nationalism 126 • Space and Power: Geopolitics and the Topology of Information Space 129 • Hanseatic Leagues in Cyberspace 132 • The New Understanding of the Market: Rules of Thumb for Intervention 135 • The Anarcho-Capitalist Debate and Other Red Herrings 138 • Civic States and Large-Scale Federations 141 • Coherent Noncontiguous States 142 • What Will Become of Big Government Establishments? 143 4 THE CIVIC STATE AND THE NETWORK COMMONWEALTH 146 • The Sinews of the Network Commonwealth: Evolving New Forms from
Existing Elements 148 • Trade, Security, and Technology Intersect: The Case of Anglosphere
Defense Cooperation 159 • Who Will Control the Commonwealth? Popular Control of Transnational
Institutions 167 • Commonwealth or Tribalism 169 • Network Commonwealths around the World 172 • United Nations—or Associated Commonwealths? 179 5 THE ANGLOSPHERE AS A UNIQUE CIVILIZATION 181 • The Anglosphere Constitutional Tradition and War 185 • Five Civil Wars: Union and Secession in the Anglosphere 193 • Preserving the National Voice in a Decentralized World 197 • The Anglosphere’s History as the History of Its Cultural Nations 199 • American Cultural Nations and Their Histories 199 • The Relationship between Cultural Nations and Nation-States 211 • Cultural Nations in Actuality: North America 213 • Cultural Nations Elsewhere in the Anglosphere 223 • Regions, Civic States, and Scale 224 6 THE ANGLOSPHERE CENTURY 227 • 1776: Divergence and the End of the First Empire 228 • Convergence in Politics: The Dilemma of the Second Empire 230 • Potential Roadblocks to an Anglosphere Network Commonwealth 233 • Postimperial Identity Questions in the Commonwealth States 237 • The African Special Relationship: American Africans, the Caribbean,
and Africa 238 • Embedded Cultures, Native Nations, and Pan-Anglosphere Minorities 240 • What’s at Stake: Uses of the Network Commonwealth 242 • Controlling Dangers, Maintaining Freedoms: Constitutional Traditions and
the Technologies of the Singularity 248 • Common Law and Common Markets: Harmony without Homogenization 250 • The Anglosphere Debate 251 • Moving toward an Anglosphere Network Commonwealth 257 • Doing Their Part: Leadership and the Emergence of the Network
Commonwealth 257 • Devolution and the Neverendum in Scotland and Quebec 258 • African America: The Stalled Transition to High Trust 261 • Prospects for the Anglosphere 263 • Canada and Le Projet Trudeau 264 • Quebec and the Nine Provinces: Two Nations and Two Network
Civilizations 266 • Britain: Scotland and the West Lothian Question; The Euro and the
Westphalian Question 268 • The United States and the Anglosphere: From Post–Cold War
Reorientation to the Challenge of the Singularity 274 • South Africa: What Form of Union? 277 • Australia and New Zealand: Identity in Oceania 278 • Ireland: What Price the EU? 280 • Trade and Defense Drivers for the Network Commonwealth 283 • The Anglosphere as the “Offshore Island” 285 • The Anglosphere and the Challenge of the Singularity 287 ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 291 INDEX 321 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 337
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