Fred Thompson's latest post brings back memories of when I was a kid and would listen on my shortwave radio to the Voice of America, The BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Radio Japan, and other national and pirate shortwave radio broadcasts.
The internet has made shortwave radio increasingly obsolete but Fred's post laments the fact that we as a free society have lost our audacity in promoting democracy and personal freedom and the necessity of propaganda. The intial purpose of these broadcasts was to undermine totalitarian and communist governments and for many people were the only voice of hope.
Another good post on the topic here.
Incidentally, the picture above is of a sculpture at the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC taken on our road trip last November and depicts FDR's radio broadcasts of the 1930's.