all the moralistic "why don't Americans sacrifice for the group? why are we all so selfish? surely there is some evil latent in our nature!" takes are missing the obvious factor:
Shitty social conditions create & reinforce selfishness.
It's that for decades we've seen a selfish plutocracy enshrined and the community let all of us down! It's harder to sacrifice for the team w/o faith it will be repaid!
Why the fuck SHOULD Americans put their trust in a community which has failed them so often?
Republican administrations and rapacious modern capitalism have been very thorough in teaching us to expect any call for sacrifice is just a call to be fleeced, and that public goods will always be channeled to private capital.
America has taught them that the only person looking out for them or their joy is...them.
Republican America has taught Americans that if the government asks for sacrifice, they're looking for dupes.
They just had a social contract which, despite its other flaws, could reassure them it would be to their ultimate benefit instead of exploitation.
We all knew early on this pandemic would be used to intensify inequality & exploitation & that no matter how well-intended social servants were, it would be used to make our lives worse.
We already see our government as out to get us & happiness coming mostly by "cheating" in the game.
There's a strong undertone of "following the rules & being part of a team is for suckers."
Trump, the ultimate shameless cheat, the gleefully selfish huckster, the untouchable fake billionaire, is a Republican American success story