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The author writes:

That's not arbitrary wordplay, legal negativism is a minority opinion on legal validation, holding that criminal laws must be considered "dormant" until their proscriptive power is demonstrated and realised by violation of the law and punishment of the crime. I co-authored a paper on the theory.

Unfortunately, the paper wasn't received too well. Possibly it wasn't such a good idea to expand the scope of the theory, claiming that the laws of thermodynamics should be considered not fully validated because they hadn't been broken yet.