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The Knotted Line

Evan Bissell, Author

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2015: Community Relations

Inspired by Mayor Antanas Mockus of Bogota, Colombia, who fired the city’s traffic cops and offered them retraining and employment as mimes in the 1990s, BART closes their police unit and does the same. They cite better relations through disarmament in 2013 as key to the decision.

Discussion Questions:
  • Why is humor a taboo subject in politics? Imagine a political situation where humor would be useful.
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