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Today NR’s Helen Rittelmeyer points me suitably enough to the LA Times. Paris’s fare dodgers, Column One explains, face an existential problem: get caught, and you must pay — to the tune of $60. The answer?
scofflaw insurance funds, seasoned with a dollop of revolutionary fervor. For about $8.50 a month, those who join one of these raffish-sounding mutuelles des fraudeurs can rest easy knowing that, if they get busted for refusing to be so bourgeois as to pay to use public transit, the fund will cough up the money for the fine. It provides a little peace of mind, however ethically dubious, in a time of economic uncertainty.