New York’s governor has ordered residents to wear face masks in public. Washington, D.C. has extended its stay-at-home order to May 15. A judge has forced a county health department in Illinois to provide the names of COVID-19 patients to police. And police arrested a woman in Mississippi for being in public after testing positive for coronavirus.
Negative mood fuels growing authoritarianism. It also fuels expressions of anti-authoritarianism. Examples include Michigan, where citizens protested the governor’s stay-at-home order. In Kentucky, protesters called on the governor to lift restrictions as he tried to record a televised pandemic update. And local elected officials across the country are saying that coronavirus restrictions are just an excuse to trample constitutional rights.
To learn more, read “Authoritarianism Versus Anti-authoritarianism: The Tension Boils Over as Negative Mood Deepens.”
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