Democratic systems, such as they are today, exist either as an end of a long period of dialectical progression towards capitalism as an imposition by a “developed” capitalist system upon a “developing” (read: colonized) society, or by a decolonized society seeking to start on dialectical progression towards capitalism. the systems of capitalist democratic governance allow a vote only on the mechanisms
used to implement capitalist policy to further the expansion and flow of capital. There can be no democratic vote on the FACT of capitalism in itself. There can be no vote to undermine the system of capital.
The details of the real of everyday life under capitalism can change according to the whims of the voters i.e. more or less social permissiveness or more or less tokens of welfare to the exploited classes but the Real of capitalism, the objective schema of the expansion of the flow of capital by any and all means, can NEVER be voted upon. Democracy only ever extends to subjective effects, never objective systems themselves.
Liberals mistake the form OF democracy FOR democracy voting for the means and severity of owns own exploitation and brutalization is not, cannot be, democratic, even if the forms remains so true democracy is the collective decision making processes of the workers and the people to further their own interests and prosperity. True democracy CANNOT EXIST without the precondition of communism, of the disruption of capital, i.e. workers owning the means of production.
Zizek makes clear this does not mean that the level and exchange of material production will continue to increase and expand under communism in fact, under true communist democracy, material progress, as measured by capitalist standards, may retract, may be retarded, for some time
but this retardation will be overcome when the people and workers in a communist democracy reorder the priorities of material production, a reorganization that will be informed by sustainable, practical ecology, the needs and desires of various communities, and their aspirations. However, none of this can occur before DISRUPTION OF THE FLOW & EXPANSION OF CAPITAL & democratic systems maintaining the charade of popular control