Can Americans help me understand anti-maskers? Is it psychological reactance? Perception their behavioural freedom is under threat? There seems to also be political undertones we dont have in Aust that I don't quite understand. Do "good Republicans" feel they need to push back?
@JakeMoriarty13 I think, and this is a huge generalisation, in aust we are encouraged to look out for our commumity. In my time in the US, especially in large cities, I observed more of a individualistic culture.
@DR4G0N_47 I was shocked by the religious billboards I saw on highways in the mid-west the first time I went to the US. I did some research and compared US/AU census data and a lightbulb switched on when I saw the disparity in how many US citizens identified as highly religious vs AU
@AllenOLantern US healthcare system saddens me. In the US, cut my knee, got infection and went to hospital on the weekend for a simple antibiotic prescription. $360 plus cost of the meds. Here it would be free plus a few dollars for the prescription :( I know that's a minor thing but damnnnn
thank you for the responses, appreciate it. You've given me stuff to chew on and some avenues to research.
Stay safe over there, I feel for all of you, no matter political persuasion or otherwise; you've all been through a lot.
@BigCannon71 I'm down for anti-tyranny. I just short circuit when it comes to something like a pandemic and the awful death count over there. I don't understand how politics/gov etc doesn't take a back seat and...everyone comes together on this one thing to mitigate it. maybe I'm naive
@Nopax4 nah, I was running with a character limit. I saw Trump actively encouraging not wearing masks at times (and at others he'd wear one) and wondered if Republicans felt it was a signifier of their political support. Hence the quote marks. ofc they aren't ALL republican.