Reagan? Thatcher? Lech Walesa? The Pope..?
How about a glitzy prime-time soap opera from the 80s.
Nick Gillespie from reason.tv explains how Dallas* = smart power:
We've related this story before but back in the mid-80s, when we were in high school, a Soviet TV crew came over here and filmed a documentary on poverty in the inner cities of the U.S. in order to show the people back home the true oppressive nature of capitalism.
Chaos ensued as the folks back home discovered they were just fine with the grinding wage-slave poverty of places like Detroit and Chicago as long as it came with Air Jordans and 27" color TVs.
* We successfully predicted Kristin, J.R.'s completely wack mistress, as the person who shot J.R. Just sayin'.