You would have to side with Niall Ferguson here, on balance. On balance, autocratic regimes do more harm to their politico-economic systems because, unlike capitalist liberal regimes, they fpail to muster and channel the antagonism of wage workers into a "productive" push that energises and expands the industrial asset of their country even in terms of its eventual conversion to military uses, and therefore to bellic supremacy. Western representative governments are founded upon the formal freedom of the labour force, of the incipient working class. This is the countervailing power that allows the concentration of the political and industrial power of Western capitalist nations and its channeling into relative exploitation through higher productivity (steady nominal wages and higher real wages) and, collaterally, technical innovation (loosely called "disruption"). Both of these outcomes are woefully absent or underexplited in autocratic regimes whose labour forces are not formally legally free and lack the representative input for the dynamic lifting of their industrial and military systems.