Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965),
Hansard, November 11, 1947
That was in 1947. Churchill didn't live long enough to see the "Alaska model", which appeared in the 1980s.