This series, “Detroit political parties” has covered the two major parties, the largest third party and the impact of Independents. It would not be complete without reference information about apolitical people.
Despite the impact politicians have on our daily lives from taxes and rights to the cost of living and many product supplies and requirements, some people are apolitical. An apolitical is something with no interest in politics or that does not vote in most elections. Merriam-Webster defines an apolitical as someone that is “not interested or involved in politics”.
It could be that they have never had an interest in any political party or a strong liberal or conservative viewpoint but it is equally likely they have developed the opinion their voice or vote does not matter.
Julie Dugdale summed it up beautifully when she wrote in 5280 Magazine, “I’m turned off by the finger-pointing sensationalism. I’m turned off by petty partisan arguments and an inability to compromise. I’m turned off by the blinding and disingenuous influence of money.”
Someone who is apolitical is likely not to engage in any type of conversation regarding political matters. It is not that they do not care, it is that their level of care is much lower than their desire to get into a potential argument with someone carrying stronger views
This is part of a series of Detroit’s political views is taken by permission from the “Political Cultures” section of the educational website getmaximpact.com with locally relevant additions by your Detroit political buzz examiner.
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- “Detroit: An American Autopsy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Fox 2 journalist Charlie LeDuff.
- “Now Is the Time!” Detroit black politics and grassroots activism.
- “Dancing in the Street”: Motown and the cultural politics of Detroit.
- “Reimagining Detroit”: Opportunities for redefining an American city.
- “Political Cultures” is a website with information about the five main political cultures.