Bradford Kane Presents Pitchfork Populism at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2020 /PR Newswire/ — On Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm Bradford R. Kane will discuss his recent book – Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America – in a virtual program at the Robert C. Byrd Center.

What political, social, and cultural forces led to the election of Donald Trump and continue to impact his presidency? Political analyst Bradford Kane explores ten dynamics of American politics and society that played a role in the 2016 presidential election and exert an influence on our current politics. Some of these dynamics have deep historical roots, such as the cultural divide between those who define our national identity in terms of rugged individualism versus those who emphasize community collectivism. Kane notes that these opposing viewpoints helped craft our national identity as far back as the 1700s. He also considers the

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Book review of America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy by Robert B. Zoellick

This anachronistic modesty doesn’t, however, extend to the book’s aims. Zoellick wants to do more than entertain us with our past national glories. He seeks to reawaken a pragmatic tradition in U.S. diplomacy: realism leavened with, in his words, “the belief that the United States is an exceptional, ongoing experiment, both at home and in international relations, that should serve a larger purpose.”

Zoellick wants to buck the 2020 trend of offering Henry Kissinger, and his insistence on seeing the world as a dark place where leadership is the agile making of dark choices, as the model for our age. His critique is subtle, even anxious — he repeatedly gives the nonagenarian his due, and then some. Still, Zoellick wants to push Kissinger, and George Kennan along with him, ever so slightly aside in favor of a pragmatism that considers American ideals and then asks what is possible — a

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