Running Head: PSYCHOLOGY DISCUSSION
One remarkable and surprising feature of the pandemic has been the necessity of political
orientation as a determinant of people’s preferences and perspectives of the government’s role
and function in protecting the public’s health while at the same time maintaining individual
autonomy and economic productivity. An analysis of the readings provided presents important
information that can be used to understand the interplay of politics and the pandemic and how it
affects the community or, rather, society. According to research, despite their professed goals,
the policies and regulations introduced by Democrats have widened the disparity rates between
races, genders, and classes (Welch, 2021).
According to Welch (2021), the share of adult women in the workforce hit a percentage
of 57, a 33-year low, that erased the hard-fought gains of women around the country, particularly
minority women and their children. The economic wreckage from this virus can be directly
associated with the policies and regulations imposed by the government. This calls into question
whether people should be compliant and obedient to the developed regulations? Schur & May
(2021) emphasize the importance of the aspect of obligation when it comes to deciding whether
to abide by these regulations. According to these authors, what we believe about masking during
the pandemic is important as it defines our obligations towards the vulnerable and our
Douthat (2021) emphasizes the importance of maintaining in-door masking, adhering to
the social distancing rules, and observing the limits placed on social gatherings. These are some
of the policies that have proved reasonable and have been widely embraced not only in the
United States but in other countries around the world as well. However, in his article: How will
America live with COVID? He emphasizes the necessity of identifying rules and regulations that
are not only applicable but also practical. For instance, some campuses have begun layering
miniature medical surveillance states with constant masking rules and testing. In other states,
students are required to use location technologies to report on their movements and surroundings.
While these laws seek to protect the community, they are increasingly limiting and impose on the
rights and freedoms of the community members.
Douthat Ross (2021) How Will Blue America Live with Covid?
Douthat Ross (2021) The Extremely Weird Politics of Covid
Schur M., & May T. (2021) What We Believe About Freedom; We have a moral obligation to
others. Refusing to recognize that endangers all of us.
Welch Matt (2021) The Equity Mess; Despite their professed goals, Democrats’ pandemic
policies have widened disparities between races, classes, and genders.