Biden Met With Historians Last Week to Discuss Anti-Democracy Trends

Last week, President Joe Biden met privately with a number of historians to discuss the ongoing erosion of democratic norms and values in the U.S. The Washington Post characterized the August 4 meeting between Biden and the historians as a “Socratic dialogue.” The historians included journalist Anne Applebaum, Princeton professor Sean Wilentz, University of Virginia historian Allida Black, and presidential historian Michael Beschloss, among others. “A lot of the conversation was about the larger context of the contest between democratic values and institutions and the trends toward autocracy globally,” one person familiar with the discussion said. Because Biden had COVID-19…

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