The divide transcends partisan bickering. Some people really do recoil at the imposition of strict rules, while others become anxious when rules aren't followed.
From political ideologies, conspiracy theories or “reopen” protests, when faced with uncertainty, we seek reassurance in the face of mortality through efforts at containment.
Right now, physical distancing is the most important preventive strategy we have against COVID-19. So why is it so hard for us to do what's right?
Do recent lockdown protests indicate that Australia is on the path to Trump's America? While we can currently rest easy, the problem requires careful consideration.
White supremacists' protests against COVID-19 lockdowns reflect the US history of political leaders encouraging white supremacist groups to challenge or overthrow democratic governments.
Federal authorities have input, but states reign supreme – unless they decide to let local governments make the call.
A scholar of social participation finds shared themes across protests in many states, not all of which fit common popular or media narratives about the events.
Militant far-right groups are always looking to appear legitimate and to recruit more Americans to their causes.
Research and investigative journalism call into question the authenticity of – and actual public support for – recent protests demanding governments lift lockdowns and 'reopen' the US economy.
Freedom of political communication is implied in the constitution, but protesters have still been fined for breaching social distancing rules by leaving their homes.