I agree with your criticism on many levels, at least as far as my own personal biases extend. It is the proposed solution which is foreign to me - not in the sense I can’t imagine it work, but in the sense I find it too foreign to imagine to the full extent of pros and cons. Even though I am strongly biased against non-democratic solutions, I quite enjoy exploring the solution idea space.
I have recently moved my attention towards the interplay between society values and law making. This makes me curious about how would such an interaction be fruitfully prolonged, if not perpetuated in a sistemic dictatorship?
Democracy is a very well known and well studied system. The differences in actual implementation of and perception of democracy (clearly showing between US, the west EU, and the east EU) also show that the systematic weaknesses can be different and differently addressed, and that there is no strict equality sign between liberalism and democracy, socialism and democracy, or conservatism and democracy. Perhaps democracy is an ideal of a system, and not more flawed than another ideal. Will not a sistemic dictatorship also have points of weakness which can shatter it to pieces once it meets with reality?
Is it, or is it not better to repair what we already have?
Is it, or is it not better to throw everything out?
What I mean is - a lot of people agreed Saddam should be replaced from Iraq, for different reasons. The oil companies wanted the oil. The military wanted a less active agent in the area. The politicians wanted control and influence in the area. The civilians in the west wanted the people of Iraq to be free. The western companies wanted to enter the Iraq market. The Kurds wanted their own country. The Iraqi people wanted to redistribute the power and money Saddam had. Everyone agreed Saddam needed to go. But no one agreed on what should happen next. The islamic state happened next, and how many militant entities each pulling in their own direction. If we should ever agree to replace democracy from our countries, aren’t we similarly fucked?