5 definitions by mta3000

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The Darwinian notion that only those traits best suited to perpetuate the species will endure to be passed along indefinitely from generation to generation while those traits most detrimental to the good of the species will be phased out after a few generations.
This preservation of favourable individual differences and variations, and the destruction of those which are injurious, I have called Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest. - Charles Darwin, Origin of Species
by mta3000 October 16, 2010
Media-dubbed moral authority on free speech by virtue of a March 6, 1978, assassination attempt on his life by a Georgia racist that left him wheelchair-bound. This status has earned him the right as a pornographic magazine publisher to preach in the media against intolerance from time to time as stories similar to his own have received public attention.
by mta3000 March 13, 2010
Depending on your ideology, they're the basic rights to life, liberty, and acquiring/owning property, etc. you get from God that can't be taken away ("inalienable") or similar rights that are granted to you by (but CANNOT be exercised contrary to the will of) the United Nations.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..."

Thomas Jefferson - Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776

"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

United Nations - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - December 10, 1948
by mta3000 October 07, 2010
Online video-on-demand site whose movie selection is the modern online equivalent of the leftovers to be found on the shelf of a Blockbuster video store after 10 p.m. on a Friday night after all the half-decent stuff was already picked over back in the day.
Man, I sure miss USA Network's "Up All NIght" hosted by Gilbert Gottfired - those cheesy B slasher flicks and jiggle flicks were a riot.

Dude, where you been? All that stuff's on hulu now. You got zmobies from outer space, vampires, serial killers, werewolves, pumpkinheads, potheads and plenty of babes - it's all here, man!
by mta3000 September 03, 2011
The idea that licentiousness among consenting adults (legalized drugs, prostitution, gambling, etc.) can co-exist with limited government (confined strictly to preventing anyone from infringing upon the life, liberty, and property rights of anyone else) under a constitutional republic in an environment free from interference by over-zealous right-wing Bible-thumpers, tax-and-spend liberals, or other external agents of oppression.

The main problem with this delusional notion of co-existence is that it runs afoul of an annoying immutable natural law - roughly translated as "nature abhors a vacuum" - that's understood and exploited by every drug pusher, credit card issuer, Las Vegas casino, and Madison Avenue marketer and even the bailout-happy U.S. Federal Reserve and which was summed up by Edmund Burke:

"Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as they are disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good in preference to the flattery of knaves.

"Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.

"It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

-or as John Adams said:

“(The U.S.) constitution was made for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate for any other.”
Two tenets of Libertarianism taken from the Libertarian Party's Statement of Principles:

"We favor the repeal of all laws creating 'crimes' without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes."

"The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights — life, liberty, and justly acquired property — against aggression"
by mta3000 March 17, 2010

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