Make America Open Again: Grassroots Protest or Astroturfing?

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April 30, 2020

Now that the country has been on lockdown for over a month, with many out of work and all of us trying to cope with the myriad inconveniences of social distancing, people seem to be growing increasingly restless.

As President Trump and other conservative politicians continue to clamor for ending the lockdown and opening up the country, we’re seeing stay-at-home orders flaunted and protested, with some local jurisdictions planning to ease up on restrictions. For good or bad, we'll be witnessing the effects of those actions through a kind of real-life social psychology experiment of utilitarianism over the coming weeks.

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