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57 Without its proper politico- philosophical context, democracy can become not only vulnerable to tyrannical forces but also meaningless. 58 For many postcolonial African subjects, democracy possesses endearing attributes in the way it is packaged by the political elites and the international donor agencies. This is understandable as politically and economically disempowered African subjects attempt to create meaning and metaphor for the seemingly endless spirals of violence, despair, and disempowerment that mark African conditions of existence.

Accordingly, “The marabout is capable of such fixing because he usually is part of an overarching network of political and economic connections that have great reach. Increasingly, the youth are concerned about these networks because many of them anticipate that they will eventually need to migrate elsewhere. ”27 On their own part the “youth are willing to work for almost nothing.

Democracy, in its present-day complexion, on the other hand, has become largely subsumed underneath the political agendas of the Bretton Woods institutional order. 53 In spite of these differences they are conjoined by a universalizing impulse. ”54 Rome, too, during the birth of Christ was already an empire. ”56 Indeed, it requires a certain effort and quality of mind to be deemed cosmopolitan. This yardstick can also be applied to projects of democratization. 57 Without its proper politico- philosophical context, democracy can become not only vulnerable to tyrannical forces but also meaningless.

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