March 23, 2007


Class War in Conrad's Court (Naomi Klein, April 9, 2007, The Nation)

It makes sense that Lord Black is a nobody in Chicago. Black never needed to bother with politics in the United States--as far as he was concerned, the country was close to perfect. It was the rest of the English-speaking world that required Black's bombastic ideological lectures. Delivering those was his life's mission.

Black is the world's leading advocate of the "Anglosphere," a movement calling for the creation of a bloc of English-­speaking countries. Adherents claim that the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand must join together against the Muslim world and anyone else who poses a threat. For Black, the United States is not just the obvious leader of the Anglosphere but the economic and military model that all Anglo countries should emulate, as opposed to the soft European Union.

Although the consolidation of the Anglosphere as a political bloc receives far less scrutiny than US military interventions, it has been a crucial plank of Washington's imperial projects. The movement recently gained some notoriety when it emerged that on February 28, the White House had hosted a "literary luncheon" for George W. Bush's and Dick Cheney's new favorite writer, ultra­right British historian Andrew Roberts, author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, an Anglosphere manifesto. But it is Black who has been the linchpin of Anglosphere campaigns for two decades, using his British and Canadian newspapers to reach out and collectively hug his beloved United States. In Britain this took the form of using the Daily Telegraph as a beachhead against "euro-integrationism" and insisting that Britain's future lies not with the EU but with Washington. This vision reaches its zenith, of course, with the Bush-Blair team-up in Iraq.

In Canada, where Black controlled roughly half the daily newspapers, the push to Americanize was even more strident. When Black founded the daily National Post in 1998, it was with the explicit goal of weaning Canadians from our social safety net (a "hammock") and forming a new party of the "united right" to unseat the governing Liberals.

Not that many prophets get to see themselves proved right during their lifetimes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2007 3:34 PM

The case against him is pretty damning. He and Radler treated Hollinger as a personal piggy-bank.

For a conservative he seemed to like FDR a bit too much.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at March 23, 2007 6:32 PM

Conservatives of a certain age and/or milieu thought FDR "saved capitalism" and so the New Deal was inherently conservative. Silly, I know.

For an Anglospherist there's certainly something to be said for FDR waging a war because Churchill told him to.

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2007 9:03 PM

If this was true, Ali, why didn't the charge the
outside directors like Kissinger and Perle. For
those who need a refresher course, Klein is the
anarchist, who thought New york, 'could use a
touch of the Mahdi Army' during the GOP convention; the Chalabi regime was a Vichy one,
which makes the jihadis, the French resistance;
and went further, describing 2003, as year 0.
as in Cambodia. You probably couldn't find a
real Anglofile AngloSpherecist in the Democratic
Party today.

Posted by: narciso at March 23, 2007 9:34 PM

Perle and co. would be guilty of being too trusting but I don't think they did anything indictable. In any case, they'll probably say that Black and Radler lied to them which seems obvious enough.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at March 24, 2007 3:25 AM

oj, you got your world leader's mixed up. It was Stalin giving FDR orders, not Churchill.

Posted by: erp at March 24, 2007 9:34 AM