Life and Law - Unifying Principles for an Age of Division

Presented By 2050 Knowledge Corporation
For … everyone – because state and enterprise systems that provide life support for all can’t be taken for granted. 
Speaker - John Boon, J.D.
Current Availability - See Below 
“Democracy is under attack and falling out of favour with many living in democratic states. We can’t settle for democracy without rights or rights without democracies.” Yascha Mounk, Harvard University
No person can isolate themselves from matters of state and enterprise.

Functional service and regulatory states – if grounded in principles of liberty, democracy and rule of law -– provide life support for all. 

Differences within societies - especially free societies – are unavoidable. Deep divisions now threatening social bonds, institutions of governance and foundation principles are avoidable if causes are addressed.

No single template or checklist exists to measure the success of these fragile human systems. People must continually define and aspire to high ideals and principles.

Greater public knowledge and dialogue can soothe divisions, drive innovation, defend legacies of law and liberty and build new unifying principles.

Public and private sector innovation is vital to ensure gateways to progress for all are removed, but it must be balanced with protection of positive legacies of law, liberty, democratic and functional governance and dynamic, fair and sustainable commerce. Status quo forces must get on board.

Solutions to major threats – to economies, commerce, social well-being, security, the environment and public health – depend on effective individual and group actions – public and private - that in turn depend on these principles.

1. Management and Legal Principles
1.1. Vital principles that underly political, legal, economic and commercial systems.

1.2. Legal entities – states – state actors - people – social and commercial groups – corporations.

1.3. Relationships and rights – sources of rights – corresponding obligations.

1.4. Actions - intentions – motives – needs – wants – goals – principles – cause and effect systems.

1.5. Legal systems and instruments strive to bring order and norms of behaviour to relationships.

1.6. Liberties – freedoms - claimed rights – legally enforceable rights – aspirations.

2. Modern States – Legal Systems - Constitutional Actors
2.1. Modern states and legal systems - fragile human inventions - fragile order and principles.

2.2. Social contracts - popular sovereignty - state power from people with pre-existing rights.

2.3. Constitutional actors and their awesome, legitimate and exclusive powers of force and law.

2.4. Control of state and constitutional actors’ powers – core to democratic and rule of law systems.

2.5. The political and legal need for consistent state values – domestically and internationally. \

2.6. Delegations of powers to administrative delegates - effective government – vital controls.

2.7. International law and domestic law – interdependence and tensions.

3. State Principles - Rule of Law and Democratic Principles – Functional States
3.1. Rule of law – types of democracy - collections of principles – no one Template or Checklist.

3.2. State values and principles that guide actions – ongoing battle to determine what they are.

3.3. Expressions of liberty - positivism – natural rights – constitutional and statutory rights.

3.4. Functional and failed states – threats to rule of law and democratic principles.

3.5. Control of state and majority power – no arbitrary power - rights protections.

3.6. Democratic mediation of public will - more than elections – issues with party systems.

3.7. Good and bad nationalism – civic and principles based nationalism – the social contract group.

4. Principles of State - Private Identity and Rights
4.1. The long battle for private identity, rights and freedom from the dictates of masters.
4.2. Private identity and rights – foundation of states – not creations of states.
4.3. Claimed rights - legally enforceable rights – legal system means to validate and declare rights.
Capitalism, contract freedoms and corporations – private rights origins – modern expressions.
5. Regulatory State – Services State – Functional or Failed States – Reforms
5.1. Criminal law - regulatory law - essential reforms - protection of core legacy principles.
5.2. Distinct and interrelated roles of regulation and private contracts.
5.3. Essential services in a functional state - service quality, rights and finance - public and private roles.
5.4. Positive globalization, trade and international development – the key to success at home.