The prime minister was delighted. \”The same language, the same hymns and, more or less, the same ideals,\” he enthused. The same ideals: That was no platitude. The world was in the middle of the second of the three great global confrontations of the 20th century, in which countries that elevated the individual over the state contended for mastery against countries that did the opposite. The list of nations that were on the right side in all three of those conflicts is a short one, but it includes the Anglophone democracies.
We often use the word \”Western\” as a shorthand for liberal-democratic values, but we\’re really being polite. What we mean is countries that have adopted the Anglo-American system of government. The spread of \”Western\” values was, in truth, a series of military victories by the Anglosphere.