I'm looking for stories that illustrate how politics gets done to us even if we choose not to "do" politics.

Are there real life stories of persons claiming to be apolitical and then having politics "done" to them (ie something wth clearly political origins caused them trouble or harm)?

Ideally the stories may already partly or entirely well known.


I'm seeking this story so as to illustrate, as several have pointed out, that it doesn't matter if you do politics or not, it will still do you.

To fit a bit better in the stack exchange model, the ideal answer would be one that makes for a good story, which would mean:

  1. Someone who made a public show of their stance
  2. That someone can be named (eg a specific individual, or family, or maybe a group)
  3. The political consequences are believable

For example, apolitical Jews in 1930's Germany wouldn't fit #3 because it's too extreme an example ("Ok sure, but that was Nazi Germany, our country isn't going to become Nazi Germany, so I don't need to be political").

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    As in apolitical Jews in 1930s Germany, for instance? May 1, 2018 at 15:48
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    This is an interesting subject, but I'm concerned that it doesn't fit the Stackexchange model well. You'll get a list of examples that may or may not fit what you want, and no clear way to decide which answer is the best. It could work as a theory question ("Is there a body of research about this, and what examples do they cite"), but I'm not quite sure if that will work for you. May 1, 2018 at 16:18
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    Every new mandatory interaction between an 'apolitical' and a government? That's a big list, and if you include the last century there was war or revolution in almost every corner of the world. Though I would count the choice to not participate as a political stance.
    – user9389
    May 1, 2018 at 16:51
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    I don't really understand what you're asking here. Politics is how you run a country/government, even if you decide to not involve yourself, then it will still affect you. It seems to me like asking "has a tornado ever affected someone who decided to not involve themselves with tornadoes".
    – user11249
    May 1, 2018 at 17:00
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    @Carpetsmoker: I'd imagine OP asked, hoping to crowdsource examples that he can regurgitate to apolitical relatives, in an effort to convince them they should vote regardless of how they feel about the current political landscape. May 2, 2018 at 15:40

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Denis de Bernardy already mentioned apolitical jews in 1930s Germany.

During the Bolshevik revolution in Russia the "kulaks" (rich peasants) were declared to be enemies of the working class. The threshold for "rich" was so low that many people who would have supported the revolution found themselves on the wrong side of it.

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