The more neo-liberalism has entrenched itself the more we have been hearing this language of democracy, as if participation was going to solve all problems—but this is a fantasy because the fundamental truth is that it is not going to solve these problems. Keeping all the activity in the democratic sphere makes it seem as if people are busy, engaged etc. without ever affecting the basic structure. It’s a fantasy because it functions like a screen.
The rest of the interview can be found in: Saying ‘We’ Again: A Conversation with Jodi Dean on Democracy, Occupy and Communism. (h/t wood s lot)