• I’m Back. Here’s Where I’ve Been

    I won't make any assumptions about how many readers noticed I took a three-month break from column writing. Nevertheless, I want to explain why. I needed the time to finish the first volume of the biggest project of my life as a writer, a commentary on the first five books…

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  • A New Monument to Black Confederates

    A New Monument to Black Confederates

    Two Republican legislators in South Carolina proposed a new monument on the state Capitol grounds to honor Confederate soldiers—this time commemorating black fighting men who went to battle for the South. This idea is both ill-considered and offensive. First, the estimated 6,000 African-Americans who did fight for the Confederacy were…

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  • 2017: A Breakthrough Year for Hollywood Heroines?

    2017: A Breakthrough Year for Hollywood Heroines?

    Hollywood's so desperate to get past harassment scandals that industry insiders have proclaimed 2017 “the year of the strong woman.” Box office returns show that the three top moneymakers in America all featured female protagonists: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman. “Women truly emerged…

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  • A Surprise Hit Shows China Saving the World

    A Surprise Hit Shows China Saving the World

    Sometimes, movie industry developments illuminate themes in world affairs. For instance, a huge moneymaker last year was a title few Americans would recognize. Wolf Warrior II earned nearly $900 million, becoming by far the biggest hit in China's history. The story focuses on an elite unit of the Chinese Army…

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  • Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon? logo JANUARY 4, 2018 Larry Elder 1/4/2018 12:01:00 AM – Larry Elder Is there a difference between President Barack Obama's “stimulus” and President Donald Trump's “infrastructure investment”? Despite costing $800 billion, most economists do not believe Obama's “stimulus” program did much stimulating. During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt's…

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  • “I’m Not Ready to Get Married”

    Editor's Note: Mr. Prager is off. This is a column that originally ran in 2015. *** Part I in a series of widely held beliefs that are either untrue or meaningless: In every age, people say and believe things that aren't true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.” The…

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  • Hollywood’s Best and Worst of 2017

    Hollywood’s Best and Worst of 2017

    MICHAEL'S PICKS FOR BEST FILMS OF 2017: 1. Wonder (PG) **BEST** 2. Dunkirk (PG-13) 3. Darkest Hour (PG-13) 4. The Shape of Water (R) 5. Lady Bird (R) 6. The Big Sick (R) 7. The Disaster Artist (R) 8. The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) 9. I, Tonya (R) 10. Spider-Man:…

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