This Youtube video illustrates the difference between all forms of governments and try to correct many people’s misunderstand on democracy. The form of government is scaled from absolute power on the left to no power on the right. They are dictatorship, oligarchy, democracy, republic and anarchy.
There is not true dictatorship. No government can be ruled by one man. The dictator is just the face of a group of rulers. There is no true anarchy, since it is not a stable form of government. It is merely a transition to oligarchy. Oligarchy is ruled by a group of people. Democracy means majority rules. Republic is rules of law. Democracy is only a transition between oligarchy and republic. I wonder when HK people petition for democracy, do they really understand what they are asking for? I think HK need a republic government, democracy is not the end goal, it is just a begining.