We need more politicians like this

A former educator who ran for mayor in Bogotá…and, to quote the blog I read this on, “basically trolled the city for their own benefit”. Stuff like:

When there was a water shortage, Mockus appeared on TV programs taking a shower and turning off the water as he soaped, asking his fellow citizens to do the same. In just two months people were using 14 percent less water, a savings that increased when people realized how much money they were also saving because of economic incentives approved by Mockus; water use is now 40 percent less than before the shortage.

Or even this:

He also asked people to pay 10 percent extra in voluntary taxes. To the surprise of many, 63,000 people voluntarily paid the extra taxes. A dramatic indicator of the shift in the attitude of “Bogotanos” during Mockus’ tenure is that, in 2002, the city collected more than three times the revenues it had garnered in 1990.

From his previous career as an academic:

…burst onto the Colombian political scene in 1993 when, faced with a rowdy auditorium of the school of arts’ students, he dropped his pants and mooned them to gain quiet.

If there were more politicians and public officials like him, people might actually start taking more of an interest in politics!

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I'm a physics graduate, sci-fi writer, budding game designer, and amateur human.

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