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  • Negative (Postmodern) SD and the European Union ("EU")

  1.      Serves as one of the cornerstones & fundamental objectives of the EU's Lisbon Treaty

                   which "resurrects the defeated EU Constitution", "establishing islands of liberty in a

             sea of regulation' rather than 'islands of regulation in a sea of liberty'", and "plac[ing]

             greater emphasis on (so-called) positive rather than negative rights -- along with the

             member-and super-state's responsibilities in 'guaranteeing' them", the Lisbon Treaty's

             distinction between 'negative' rights and 'positive' rights bearing great significance.  

​​       2.       As Defined by the EU Institutions

       3.          Promotes Green-Centric Precautionary Principle-Based Decentralized Lawmaking

       4.       Requires Greater Comparative Law Analysis

       5.       ​   Triggers Gradual Evolution of 'Soft' Law into 'Hard' Law Norms

       6.       As Incorporated Within the European  Dream (Dream Ended?)

       7.          As Critical and Rejecting of the Global Influence of American  Capitalism

       8.          Engenders the Napoleonic Civil Law, Not Anglo Common Law-Precautionary Principle

       9.          As EU Regional & Global Strategy

     10.       Serves as Justification for Cultural Preferences & Trade Protectionism (social, labor);

             (environment)​; (developing countries

     11.          As the Means to Achieve Global Environmental Security in the 21st Century

     12.      As Integral to the EU's SD Strategy for the United Nations:

            a.     Empowering the UN to Achieve Negative SD

            b.     Broadening the Scope of the UN Security Council's Mandate

                    i.     UN Secretary-General High-Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges

                           & Change - A More Secure World: Our Common Responsibility ​(2004)

                    ii.    UN Secretary-General Note on High-Level Panel Report (A/59/565) (12/2/04)
                                  (Part Two, Sec. III.A pars. 52, 56-57, 59); Annex I, Summary of Recommendations,
                          Part Two, par. 1))

                                A.    High-Level Panel Recommendation #1:  SD Must be Promoted to Ensure
                                 'Comprehensive Collective Security'          

            c.     Pursuing a New Global Compact that Alters Global Trade & Investment Patterns, 
                    Facilitates Global Governance, and Compensates for Northern Hegemonic Decline
                    ("New SD Economics")

            d.     As Reflected in UN SD Product Service Systems 

​     13.         The EU SD Tax Strategy and the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and



     14.      ​  As Reflective of the EU's Brussels-Based Decision-Making: 


               a.      Vaclav Klaus-  Enabling EU Regulation of European Citizens' Economic Lives

              b.     Vaclav Klaus -  Giving Rise to Popular "Isms" that Jeopardize Freedom
                                           (Economic & Political)

            c.     Vaclav Klaus - Resulting in More Government & Also Global Governance

            d.     Vaclav KlausSymbolizing the Over-Regulated, Paternalistic, EU Welfare State

               e.     Vaclav Klaus - Over-Emphasizing Climate Risk at the Expense of Economic Freedom

            f.      Vaclav Klaus - Betraying EU Economic Development Made Possible by US Presence 
                                         in Europe

     15.       As Encouraging National, Regional & International UN-Based Civil Society Activism

     16.     Holds Special Meaning and Appeal to European Socialists, Democrats & Progressives

     17.       Derives From the Concept of Lebensraum Which the German National Socialists &

           Nazi SS Employed to project national power from 1939-1945 as the Political Ideal

           of Spatial & EnvironmentalPlanning and territorial expansionism.  It aligned w/the

           Munich school of German geopolitik, one of several schools of geopolitics

​Issues - Negative (Postmodern) SD and the European Union