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    Mockus, Antanas

    Antanas Mockus is a Colombian mathematician, philosopher, and politician. He was mayor of Bogotá for two (non-consecutive) terms, during which he became known for springing surprising and humorous initiatives upon the city’s inhabitants. These tended to involve grand gestures, including local artists or personal appearances by the mayor himself—taking a shower in a commercial about conserving water, or walking the streets dressed in spandex and a cape as Supercitizen. In a notable 1993 incident, when confronted with a disruptive group of students, he mooned them. He later explained his action by saying “Innovative behavior can be useful when you run out of words”, and linked it to philosopher Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “symbolic violence.”

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