Need motivation to vote?

This video of Koichi Toyama, part of a 2007 election campaign for the position of Tokyo governor, may help get you down to the polling station.

Choice quotes:

“To all the voters. This nation is horrible.”

“I have no interest whatsoever in political reform or any kind of reform.”

“This nation must be destroyed.”

“I do not have a single constructive proposal!”

“Annihilate everything that exists.”

“I despise each and every one of you.”

“If you think you can change something by voting, you are COMPLETELY wrong.”

“NO MATTER HOW MUCH REFORM IS DONE THERE IS NO HOPE!”

“Please give me a phone call.”

(He wasn’t elected.)

Formal and Applied Practical Reasoning

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This design, by Lydia Rivlin, was used as a poster for a Serious Academic Conference and book cover. Apparently it caused some controversy. About its design, Lydia says, “When I had to think of something to illustrate the idea of formal (i.e. mechanical) and applied practical reasoning, this image of a robot chatting up a prostitute sprang straight into my mind. […] I have an idea he is asking her how much she would charge for an oil change—but I could be wrong.”