D.C. Talk on Dec. 6: Freund on Popular Culture in the Middle East


On Monday, December 6, Reason's own Charles Paul Freund will be delivering a talk at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., titled "Popular Culture in the Middle East: A Conduit for Liberal Values?"

Details, including how to attend if you're in the Washington, D.C. area, are here.

For a sense of Chuck's masterful work on the topic, go here, here, and here, for starters.

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  1. Shouldn’t that be “masterly?”

  2. I’ve been wanting to post this quote on a thread where it would be halfway relevant. It happens to some up my approach to fighting the War on Terror:

    “Don’t destroy our town to save it. Remember how the West saw off the Stalinists and the Islamists. The fun-loving, freedom-loving decadent West undermined and subverted its enemies by making them be like itself, not by becoming grim and hard and serious like them. Those who had the most laughs had the last laugh.”

    — Jonathan Wilde, leader of the libertarian space movement and founder of the anarcho-capitalist enclave in North London Town, 2045

    (as quoted in the SF novel The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod, 1995 — a book that should be of interest to both libertarians and leftists)

  3. Safire-bot: Get hep, Daddy-o! 🙂

    mas-ter-ful adj.
    1. Given to playing the master; imperious or domineering.
    2. Fit to command.
    3. Revealing mastery or skill; expert: a masterful technique; masterful moviemaking.

    master-ful-ly adv.
    master-ful?ness n.

    Usage Note: According to a widely repeated dictum, masterful should be reserved for the sense “imperious, domineering” (as in a masterful tone of voice), whereas masterly should be the choice when the intended sense is “having the skill of a master” (as in a masterly performance of the sonata). The distinction can serve a useful purpose, but masterful in the latter sense has long been common in reputable writing and cannot be regarded as incorrect.

    Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
    Copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
    Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


    Mas”ter*ful, a. 1. Inclined to play the master; domineering; imperious; arbitrary. –Dryden.

    2. Having the skill or power of a master; indicating or expressing power or mastery.

    His masterful, pale face. –Mrs. Browning.

    Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


    adj 1: having or revealing supreme mastery or skill; “a consummate artist”; “consummate skill”; “a masterful speaker”; “masterful technique”; “a masterly performance of the sonata”; “a virtuoso performance” [syn: consummate, masterly, virtuoso(a)] 2: able to deal authoritatively with affairs; “dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand” [syn: imperious]

    Source: WordNet 2.0, 2003 Princeton University

    (The above all comes from reference.com)

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