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The Anglos & the Modernity We Live With

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Since the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that established parliamentary and Protestant rule in Britain, the Anglo-Americans have been on the winning side in every major international conflict.

— Walter Russell Mead

There is a justifiable critique of globalism and modernity that we participate in at Counter-Currents. However, there is a modernity that we should learn to live with. In fact, not only are we participating in this modernity, we are agents of it. Such a modernity is the way of the Anglo.

Yes, the Anglo-Saxon. What in Australia they call Anglo-Celts and in old Rhodesia the Britishers. There are a number of ways to look at this group. One can look at the people of the English shires, the glory of the British Empire, the whites of the US South, the Anglophones of Canada, or the WASPs of the Northeastern US. The best way to look at Anglos is through the world that they created: the British Isles, the United States, and what were called the White Dominions of the British Empire.

Percentage of native English speakers by territory; the Anglo world. The Anglos have managed to colonize two continents. [1] [1]

Two outstanding books that tell a generalist story of the Anglo world are Walter Russell Mead’s 2007 book God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World and James Belich’s 2010 book Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783 — 1939. The former book is more a study of Anglo spiritual, cultural, and philosophical ways. It requires the reader to be well-read in history, theology, and philosophy to be truly understood. It’s a fast-paced, exciting read. The latter book is more economic and materialistic.

Who Are the Anglo Settlers?

Both books specifically reject a racial definition of the Anglos. In this day and age, it is hardly likely that any mainstream professor or intellectual would get published otherwise. However, after the protests against a racial definition, it is clear that both authors accept that there is a racial and ethnic basis to all of this. Mead writes about “the primitive folk laws of the wandering Germanic tribes who founded Anglo-Saxon England.” [2] [2]

Of the Americans in the 13 original colonies, Belich writes that “only 6,000 Dutch, 5,000 Irish, and 2,000 Scots joined 148,000 English before 1700. Irish, Scots, and Germans streamed in thereafter, but in 1790, Europeans in the infant United States were still 80% British, 9% German, 6% Catholic Irish, and 3% Dutch — less a melting pot than a British stew with a dash of neighbors.” [3] [3]

Critical to this population was the fact that the Anglos brought their women and children from the get-go. In 1780, New England’s population of Yankees was seven times the amount of Quebec’s Francophone population. What made the imbalance was the difference between the numbers of, “founding mothers — perhaps 8,000 [English] as against 1,100 French.” [4] [4]

It is clear from later settler flows described by Belich that those of the Anglo type are made up of more than just the English, although the English are the central pillar of the structure. The groups that populated the wider Anglo world are the following:

The British: The English are the sine qua non group and remain the backbone in terms of population and investment capital. Due to their thrift, work ethic, and high literacy, Scots became critical “junior partners” who tended to head firms and provide on-the-spot leadership.

The Old Americans: This group is of mostly British origins, though the Dutch and Huguenots played a critical role. According to Belich, the key drivers of American expansion in terms of both people and capital originated in the Mid-Atlantic States. However, New Englanders were the critical “junior partner” much like the Scots were in the British group.

The Irish: The Irish were the “chief lieutenants of Anglo settlement.” Much of the Irish outmigration consisted of the British Protestant settlers who were either Irish Celtic converts or British colonists to Ireland following the Tutor Conquest. The Catholic migration to the Anglo world came later, but still started before the Potato Famine. The Irish diaspora in America is approximately a 50-50 split between the two groups. The Catholic Irish had the hardest time joining in with the others; their political activism in the 1800s serves as a model for non-white groups today.

The Germans: The connection between the British and Germans is through Hanover and its Royal Family. The first Germans to settle in America came from the Rhineland Palatinate. Eventually, Germans of all kinds, especially the northern Protestants, became part of the Anglo Settler group. The German group should also include Danes, “Transylvanian Saxons,” and the stalwart and steady “Russian-Germans.” I’ll also add that Germanophile Slavs such as the Slovenes and Croatians fit into this category. Germans migrated to America and New Zealand in staggering numbers. Until the World Wars, the Anglo world was very proud of its German blood.

Obviously, the Germans and Catholic Irish that stayed behind never joined the Anglo world, but there is a commonality in those societies with the Anglo world — especially in Germany. Later immigrant groups like the Swedes, Italians, Greeks, and Poles migrated into the Anglo world, but a large amount of these later arrivals never settled permanently. It is likely that none of these groups felt as at home in the Anglo world as the others, and their migrations occurred after transportation and communication became cheap and easy. Today, there are many Greeks, Poles, and Italians living on an American retirement plan in their respective homelands. It is clear that non-whites have never fit into the Anglo world except in the lowest part of the labor market. On a final note, the continuing troubles in Ireland and the First and Second World Wars should be seen as an appalling disaster to the people of the Anglo world — truly ugly civil wars.

Settler Ideology and the Boom-and-Bust Cycle

Belich starts his narrative with the events of the American War of Independence. It is the only major war that the British lost between 1688 and the end of the Cold War in 1991. Both parties saw the conflict as a civil war. The number of participants was also large; the Americans eventually fielded 200,000 men, and the British sent out 500,000 (although the British carried out other operations at the time as far away as Asia). Both parties brought in foreign forces; the British hired Hessians and stirred up the Indians, while the Americans successfully reached out to the French and Spanish.

At the conclusion of hostilities there were still plenty of bad feelings between the British and Americans going around, enough for a second, half-hearted war from 1812 to 1814 with occasional war scares that lasted until 1890. However, the overall trend of the bad feelings throughout was ever downward, and good feelings were ever upwards. Additionally, commerce between the British and Americans never let up. There was a cynical mercantilism to this; factories in Birmingham, England manufactured “War of 1812 Victory Furniture” for Americans. Vermont was the scene of illicit trade between the British and Americans even as the young men from Vermont and Canada battled it out at Chippewa. Although independent, the United States was a pillar of support to the British Empire.

“Look, ye sons and daughters of New England, look what a farm can be in Eden. Come down from your granite hills, which you foolishly call farms. Here in Illinois the life of a husbandman is fed by the bounty of the earth and sweetened by the air of heaven.” [5] [5]

In 1790, the Anglo settlements in North America, such as they were, remained on the sea coasts and their population looked towards England. Emigration was seen as the last refuge of religious nut-jobs, criminals, paupers, etc. However, by 1800, Belich argues that an ideology of Settlerism took hold and “Going West” became seen as a virtue.

Mead goes further. He argues that the Anglos identified with the story of Abraham in the Bible. Abraham has a conversion experience, leaves his homeland and old ways, and heads out to a new land. According to Mead:

. . .the follower of Abraham is reaching out toward something positive — a haunting, transcendent call that bespeaks a reality richer and more rewarding. Embracing change becomes a kind of sacrament; moving from the known to the unknown brings one closer to God. Change has a religious sanction and a positive value; excelsior is the direction toward God. Change is no longer a necessary evil that must sometimes be endured; to embrace and even seek change is to encounter the meaning of life. . . As American religion, in particular, became more personalized and emotional, its identification with Abraham’s faithful response to change only deepened. The distinctive American religious evolution may help explain why the United States has gone west further and faster than the other English-speaking countries. [6] [6]

The Anglo Wests. Old America had North America west of the Appalachians. Britain had Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Not to mention smaller colonies like the Falklands, Rhodesia, Natal, etc. [7] [7]

After 1790, the Anglo Settler ideology expressed itself geopolitically through a deliberate process of cloning. Old America was already a clone of seventeenth-century England, and the 13 original colonies of Old America cloned themselves in Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, etc. Ontario became a clone of England and Manitoba became a clone of Ontario. The process was the same in Australia and New Zealand. All the nations received populations of settlers from the four original groups. All of these clones were self-governing.

All of the clones experienced initial booms followed by a bust and then the local economy would stabilize. Belich describes the booms in each place as well as how the basics of each economy ended up working. Early Cincinnati is interesting for several reasons. First, it is much like developments elsewhere. Additionally, Cincinnati’s settlers transported their goods back to Old America to sell by sending them downstream to New Orleans and then by ship to the East Coast. It was not until steam engines and canal and rail systems improved that shorter routes over the Appalachians were used. In other words, the Anglo settlements practiced practical commerce aligned with natural forces.

All of the new settlements used local resources — especially the forests. Wisconsin’s trees, for example, were felled to make Chicago. The primary fruit of the axe was firewood to run the steamboats and heat the homes. Belich also argues that the cities were the spearheads for the development of the farms — it was not the other way around. Melbourne, Victoria experienced a massive boom and a deep bust in the late nineteenth century.

Booms followed by a crash were a big part of the Settlerist expansion of the Anglo Word.

Comparing Lightning to Lightning Bugs: Anglo Colonies vs. European Colonies

The colonial enterprises of the Anglo world are different from the colonies of other powers in that their existence was never strategically independent of the Anglos. As Anglo-American power increased, it became a solid fact that Anglos could capture the colonies of their European rivals whenever they chose to do so. The Americans and British conquered Quebec in 1760, and the British captured Cuba in 1762, but returned it to Spain as part of a peace deal. It was the Royal Navy’s blockade that made the Haitian slave revolt successful. During the Napoleonic Wars, George Canning, (1770 -1827) was not idly boasting when he said that he “called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old.” British policy made Latin America independent from Spain. The British easily captured the Dutch Cape Colony in 1795.

1914: The New Zealand Expeditionary Force captures German Samoa. British colonies built Empires of their own.

After 1815, writes Mead, “the Germans, Belgians, and Italians made colonies [from 1815 to 1914]; the French did a little more, but not much. The British made a new kind of world.” [8] [8]

The Anglo world clones became powerful empires in their own right. In 1898, the American conquest of the remains of Spain’s empire turned out to be a matter of marching. During World War I, the British colonists in South Africa captured German South West Africa, New Zealanders captured German Samoa, and the Australians captured German New Guinea.

The other European Empires did do amazing things, but none cloned themselves quite like the Anglos, or matched Anglo economic, military, and cultural dynamism. Spain captured and intermixed with the Indian Empires of the Aztec and Inca, but only in the southern cone of South America did Spain come close to cloning itself as the British did elsewhere. Portugal created a clone of itself in Southern Brazil, but the rest of the Lusophone world is a thin Portuguese veneer over a large non-white or mixed-race population. Russia’s experience in Siberia is close to that of the Anglo world, but Siberia is a cultural backwater in a way that Perth is not.

Although Algeria was something of a French version of the American Wild West, the French didn’t make their North African possessions a New France in North Africa.

The non-British/Anglo European colonies were more like that of the French experience in Algeria than the Anglo development of Chicago, Cincinnati, or San Francisco:

Between 1842 and 1846, 198,000 Europeans arrived in Algeria, but 118,000 left, many died, and few were women. The settler population fell in some years and stood at 62,000 in 1847. . . By 1886, the settler population of Algeria had reached 430,000, only half of them French. [9] [9]

In the Anglo world, the population in Chicago was 503,185 in 1880 and 445,000 in Melbourne in 1889.

The French never invested in Algeria like the Anglos invested in Melbourne or any other boomtown. The Algerian project was government-inspired and never captured investment capital or individual investors on a large scale. The settlers of Melbourne drew large investments from capitalist firms, and as individuals, they purchased plots of land and invested in municipal bonds or other items. Melbourne did have a bust, but the foundations for a permanently wealthy city were laid.

Anglo Culture: The Protocols of the Elders of Greenwich

The key thing about the expansion of the Anglo world is the demographic expansion of the English. In 1480, the population of England was around 2,000,000. By the dawn of the twentieth century, the English population in England, America, and the Colonies had expanded nearly 50 times over. Only 49 of the Mayflower passengers had children, but their number of descendants today is estimated at above 30,000,000.

However, the Anglos have something more than just numbers. After all, China has a big population that is said to be “high IQ,” but China doesn’t have what the Anglos have. There is a cultural dynamism that brings wealth and military dominance. This dynamism is present in the rest of Europe — Spain, for example, is richer than the whole of the Islamic world if one takes out Mohammedan oil revenues, but Anglos vastly outstrip the Spanish. Mead argues that there are specific cultural traits that give the Anglos a dynamism that their neighbors do not have. He semi-jokingly calls these ideas the Protocols of the Elders of Greenwich. I’ve packaged Mead’s ideas into the bullets below, but added my own, more frank ideas in several places:

The Anglos Created an Open Society

You can buy Greg Johnson’s The White Nationalist Manifesto here [10]

The Anglos Can See the Invisible Hand

Anglos Are Comfortable With Capitalism & Use the Maritime System

The Anglo Way of War

What Not to Admire: The McAnglo World


“English music, painting, architecture, sculpture, philosophy, history, theology — and much more so the American versions of these — blushed and were abashed when they compared their treasures with their European counterparts. No French or Italian millionaires combed the stately homes and churches of the English-speaking world for magnificent objects to take home; no English or American palaces were disassembled brick by brick to be reassembled on the Loire.” [11] [12]

Although there is much to admire about the Anglo world, there is still plenty of exploitation and hypocrisy. Often, Anglo ideals are Wilsonian in impracticality, and are a cure worse than the disease. The people closest to the Anglos, but not overwhelmed by them, such as the French, Afrikaners, Mexicans, and Cubans, have considerable and not unreasonable anti-Anglo biases and anti-Anglo institutions. For example, there is a suspicion that Mexicans don’t treat their water to keep wealthy Americans from colonizing their land just by building winter cottages in Sonora. The French rarely go along with Anglo schemes.

Ghost Dancers

For cultures that are less able to resist Anglo power than the Mexicans or the French, there is the phenomenon of Ghost Dancers. The term refers back to a Sioux prophet who argued that resisting the Anglos was a matter of becoming more true to one’s native culture. The first Ghost Dancer was probably Tenskwatawa, a Shawnee prophet who launched a political movement in the early 1800s that created a bloodbath in the Ohio Country and ended at the Battle of Tippecanoe. In 1856, a Xhosa prophetess named Nongqawuse proclaimed that if the Xhosa killed their cattle and carried out traditional rituals, then the Anglos in South Africa would be destroyed. Ghost dancers embrace their traditions to a fanatical degree, wear traditional garments which they often believe stop bullets, often break into the mainstream of their societies, cause a bunch of trouble, and are eventually destroyed. For Ghost Dancers, resistance often involves pre-planned suicide — such as with the Japanese kamikazes and the 9/11 hijackers. The recently destroyed ISIS movement was composed of Ghost Dancers.

The current threats to the Anglo world as I see it are the following:

  1. Poor decisions by Anglo leadership, such as launching the Boer War and the British decision to enter World War I.
  2. “Civil rights.” Africa in our midst has turned Detroit into ruins. “Civil rights” is a metapolitical war machine used against the Anglos by their own governments in their own societies.
  3. Tech-totalitarianism. The internet must remain free and open.
  4. The Yellow Peril. South Koreans harbor increasing anti-Americanism and a natural pull towards China. In the meantime, China has used the Anglo system to become wealthy and is making a play for increasing domination.
  5. Jewish subversion to misdirect Anglo power. World War II and the Iraq War were both misapplied uses of power against Jewish, but not Anglo, enemies.
  6. Non-Anglo immigration. In smaller numbers non-Anglo white immigration is fine, but all non-white immigration is bad.
  7. The Islamic Ghost Dancers. The armies of the Prophet are always on the march.

Positive things the Anglo world should do include increasing the white population in the Anglo world and in Latin America while keeping Europe as peaceful and prosperous as possible. Things may look bad now with “changing demographics.” But they’ve been worse before. Mead reminds us that:

The votaries of totalitarian ideologies were confident and exulting; the Anglo-Americans were scornfully dismissed as outmoded and irrelevant. The Dark Lord was triumphant, the alliances broken, the Dark Tower rose to the sky and the fear-laden, poisonous smoke of Mount Doom overlay Middle Earth. Yet always in the end, somehow, the tricksy little hobbits win. The Tower falls and the Shire blooms. Narnia rises and the witches flee. [12] [13]

The Last Man of History

Many in our movement might be tempted to reject this Anglo Weltanschauung. However, we are involved in a movement that follows the familiar Anglo pattern. We are traveling a pilgrim’s progress. We are not unlike Oliver Cromwell, Thomas Cranmer, John Winthrop, and Woodrow Wilson, whatever the faults of such men. Consider this: we work hard to do well for our families and we are using that money to support our movement such as we can. We are using, and in some cases, we are developing, the latest technology to serve our ends. We have, like the Anglo view of Abraham, answered a call and are sojourning towards the white ethnostate. One day we will lead our people to other planets, where there will probably be booms and busts. Founding mothers will be critical.

One might be tempted to think that we are going to build a shopping mall for the last man of history, a place for contented cows listening to John Lennon’s terrible song Imagine, but Mead should have the last word:

There is no resting place, no final destination for this process, and the real goal of Anglo-American civilization is to get the permanent revolution well and truly underway. We are launching a space ship, not building a rest home. [13] [14]

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[1] [16] Image by Zorion, Creative Commons by Share-Alike 3.0 [17], Wikimedia Commons. [18]

[2] [19] Mead, Walter Russell, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, Vintage Books, New York, 2007, Page 297

[3] [20] Belich, James, Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783 -1939, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 2009, Page 66

[4] [21] Ibid, Page 30

[5] [22] An example of Settlerist Booster Literature. Ibid, Page 148

[6] [23] Mead, Page 243

[7] [24] Belich, Page 69

[8] [25] Mead, Pages 112 & 113

[9] [26] Belich, Page 503

[10] [27] Mead, Page 93

[11] [28] Ibid, Page 170

[12] [29] Ibid, Page 78

[13] [30] Ibid, Page 408