An Enemy of the People is a prime example of how corrupt politics can be. You have Dr. Stockmann who sees allowing people to bath in the polluted baths that are poisoning them as undoubtedly wrong while Peter Stockmann, the mayor, is more concerned about the economics behind the baths. It is very difficult for Dr. Stockmann to understand why the economics behind the baths is even a concern when he can clearly see that the baths are poisoning the citizens of his native town. This is because unlike his brother, Dr. Stockmann has not been corrupted by politics. Even today, many people go into politics with the best of intentions; however the party usually ends up running them. This is even evident amongst the people of the town. When Peter takes his story to the paper to be published instead of his brother and explains the economic consequences, Hovstad and Aslaksen no longer want to print Dr. Stockmann’s article since they do not want the baths to be closed for two years or more. This brings the entire town on to Peter’s side.
The reason it is so hard for Dr. Stockmann to understand how the town is siding with his brother is the fact that his morals have not been corrupted by politics. The people wanting to let the polluted water sit and poison their town disgusts Thomas. It seems so ridiculous to him and he takes it very personally since he has invested a lot of himself into those baths. Even though sticking to his morals causes him to lose his position and be declared “an enemy of the people,” Thomas stays strong and ultimately realizes at the end that “the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.”