The COVID mask acts as a uniform, carrying along with it similar psychological effects as the typical uniform would, such as a sense of group conformity, a loss of individuality, hostility towards those who deviate from group conformity and a sense of pride when worn publicly. With all of the sociological effects of the COVID mask, will the liberal COVID mask uniformity translate to increased voter turnout in November?

In a report on the psychological effects of uniforms on school aged students published by IE-Today, author Tracy Shand explains how “researchers from Oxford Brookes University ran a series of focus groups with students aged 13–17 to uncover their perceptions around wearing a uniform.” The study found that students in uniforms wouldn’t have to “worry about whether they would be bullied or criticized by their peers”. The study also found that “a uniform promotes commonality among pupils, improves concentration and fosters a sense of pride, especially when they wear it in public.”

Individuals who refuse to wear the COVID mask in public are already being publicly accosted by the conforming COVID mask wearing masses. The individuals are publicly humiliated, recorded and posted to social media for further ridicule from the masses.

The pride of those who don the mask, translates into an open hostility towards those who do not. As the mask strips away any sense of individuality, those who defect from conformity are berated and cast aside as hostile outsiders.

There are hundreds of these videos, where individuals are mobbed in public for refusing to wear the mask.

 

A uniform builds group cohesion, stripping ones individuality and replacing it with the well-being of the team. In sports, such as hockey, teams with opposing uniforms naturally identify one-another as an opposing force. This same concept is found in the work force, within the military and even in prisons.

Bolstering group cohesion with identifying markers can be an effective political strategy in pushing swaths of individuals to the voting booths. We have seen this as recently as the 2016 election with the iconic Make America Great Again hat.

Applying the same concept to emergent, radical political groups such as Black Lives Matter, the uniform acts as an image of group cohesiveness and strength, bolstering confidence among members of the group. The same concept, when applied to liberal democrats, might translate into tighter group cohesion, manifesting itself in the form of marching in lockstep, towards the voting booth.

While progressive democrats continue to conform to the requests of elected officials and talking heads on television, who demand you wear a mask, and who decry those who refuse, the psychological side-effects of such uniforms have been well researched. The group cohesion of the COVID mask has already translated into hostility towards those who deviate from this new norm. Will the new COVID uniformity translate into higher Democrat voter turnout in November?