By Jean-Paul Gagnon (auth.)
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Beck argues similarly. Weale and Dunn see the history of democracy as spilling over their previous colonial boundaries. The history of democracy is irrevocably attached to the post foundational history of the world, the human animal and our nonhuman relatives. Seeley takes us in that direction by demonstrating that there are many nonhumans which have, even if not practiced (especially for the high apes), their own evolved democratic systems. The following chapters contain consistent examples of the kinds of challenges to colonized democratic theory that were touched on in the paragraph above.
I think there is no way at all of understanding democracy in which it comes out as being a reliable resource in that sense; but I think we have disabled ourselves for seeing that clearly and speaking about it frankly to one another. So I think that in many ways the academic registration of contemporary political reality is politically disabling in so far as it has an effect on the consciousness of citizens or real individuals who end up in the political elite. I do not think it actually enhances their capacity to act for the better at all, but it carries an extremely strong legitimatory glow with it.
So monitory democracy, if you think of it as sort of a tracking term for shifts in political experience, it just picks that up essentially but it does not pick it up in the form of an idea of how we are now actually dealing effectively with it or in the form of an idea about how we could deal effectively with it. It’s a political phenomenon with a relatively weak relation to the sort of malignant processes of unequalization and obfuscation that have come about. Gagnon: That is the mire I found myself in when it came to trying to put context to what democracy might be.