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Utopian politics is a dangerous game to join. The promise of paradise evaporates judgement and allows for great and historic follies.
Does a union of the Anglosphere belong to the realm of hopeless, dangerous utopias? I’m not sure.
I’ve made no secret on this site of my intense desire to move to the United States, nor of my admiration and envy for Australia, Canada and New Zealand; states with cleaner, more positive cultures than the one into which I was born. And so this idea, brought to fruition, would provide me with a liberty I have longed for since childhood.
And there is currently a petition, already in receipt of thousands of signatures, arguing for complete, visa-less travel between the nations of the English-speaking world. If successful, the idea would permit an American to move to Britain without legal trials and vice versa. Similarly, a Canadian, fed up with the biting of native wind, could up sticks and relocate to Australia without having to make any of the tortuous applications currently needed.
It sounds beautiful doesn’t it? Given the power to make law out of it, I would sign and stamp the bill in a heartbeat. But that doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be objections.
I think some might (rightly) perceive the British as getting by far the best deal out of the policy. Why indeed should Britain be allowed to attach its rickety old caravan to the healthy and exuberant sports-cars of younger nations? That can only be answered by the presence or absence of solidarity.
On top of this, Australians in particular might be aggrieved by the influx of millions of new citizens, robbing their country of its prized (and environmentally advantageous) airiness. A similar snobbery might also break out in Canada over the influx of overly-religious, gun-wielding Americans.
Still, I would argue that the benefits of such a policy would ultimately outweigh the downsides. We are very similar cultures after all, and could bring together very synergistic gifts. The English, with our humour and literary flair; the Americans with their dynamism and positivity; the Canadians with their laid-back civility; and the Australians and New Zealanders with their love of alcohol and hatred of political correctness.
I say go for it. But then I would say that, wouldn’t I…