Democracy to come is still a postulation to come. This is to say there is a future to politics, but not the one expected by pundits, bureaucrats, and centrist politicians whose enjoyment depends on the preservation of the same for the few and the mortifying repetition of suffering for the many. In contrast, as Pablo Ghetti demonstrates in this inspiring intensification of Derrida’s early engagement with democracy, the future of democracy passes through an opening to social critique and exposure to political action. The result is not the Derrida his hagiographers think they know, but one whose iteration calls forth new and powerfully subversive meanings beyond the self-preserving predictions of constitutional and political conventional systems.
— Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Reader in Law, Birkbeck College)