I’m a social libertarian, so I’m very much anti-autocracy. The problem with autocrats is that you basically roll the dice, especially with unelected autocrats (some societies, such as the Roman Kingdom and early Roman Empire had elected autocrats). While you may get lucky and get a Catherine the Great or Huey Long or someone who has good intentions and policies you’re almost just as likely, if not moreso, to get a selfish despot who wants nothing but power (Stalin, Cataline, pretty much every fascist leader in history except for Peron). In a democratic system, even an authoritarian one, it is easy or at least possible to depose an unpopular despot, but in an autocratic system this is MUCH more difficult. The more freedom people have, the more they question the government, which leads to more educated decisions. For example, if we didn’t have free press, the crimes of Richard Nixon would never be known, but with a free press and democratic system we were able to dethrone him before he could become a dictator, and without violence.