Despite arguments to the contrary…
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland along with the United States of America represents the anglosphere in its fullest pomp.
The anglosphere has shaped the zeitgeist for the last few centuries and gets to decide what’s cool and what isn’t.
Its philosophers, economists, historians, politicians and yes, musicians have bent the world to its will in a way that the French, Chinese, Portuguese and everyone else can only dream of.
And together the leading nation-states of the anglosphere have made decisions which have made our world, depending on your views — much safer or infinitely unstable.
Long before Pax Americana came with the military industrial-complex, Hollywood, Wall Street and Silicon Valley and upended our lives forever, Britain had perfected the art of creating a criminal enterprise while actively gaslighting everyone into thinking that it has acted ethically and propriety.
And on the subject of creating myths to last several millennia, the Brits have never been short of characters who have played their part: Rudyard Kipling, Benjamin Disraeli, Gertrude Bell, Lawrence of Arabia, Cecil Rhodes, Duke of Wellington, William Gladstone and the list goes on.
But it must be said that all of the names cited above pale into comparison to one individual — Winston Churchill.
Churchill, I hear you ask?
You would be hard pressed to find anyone in British history, whose identity was bound up in the British empire than Winston Churchill.
It was certainly at the forefront of his thinking and it shaped everything that he said and did: from his time in the calvary in India to his imprisonment in South Africa and his daring escape which smoothed his entry into parliament in 1901.
Churchill was empire through and through.
And Franklin Delano Roosevelt must have hated this reality when the future American President met the future British Prime Minister for the very first time in 1918, when he was Assistant secretary of the Navy under Woodrow Wilson.