Is COVID-19 a threat to our democracy?

W. Robert Connor, a professor of classics emeritus at Princeton University and director emeritus of the National Humanities Center, found insight into our society’s future from a narrative of the pandemic in Athens. In his reading of Thucydides’sHistory of the Peloponnesian War,he found himself considering the full impact of COVID-19 beyond its tolls on our physical health. He wrote, “Covid-19 seems to attack society as a whole the same way it does individuals: whenever possible it finds preexisting conditions, exacerbates them, and thereby takes its toll.”

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