I don't really understand people's hangups with particular forms of government. History shows us that government has always worked in cycles. Democracy is not an end point, and neither is any other form.
Another thing is that no particular form of government is a guarantee that things will be good or bad. History shows us that there have been periods of prosperty and peace under republics, monarchs, fascists, communists, democracies, etc. The form of government does not inherently guarantee any standard of civilization. It's the social structures and level of common trust within them that enables or disables proper function.
People are so busy fighting about form instead of function that the necessary socioeconomic evolutions are not happening, and it's reaching a boiling point. If you favor one form of governance past its expiry date, then it means that the transition to the next form will be all the more harsh and disruptive. History teaches us that too.