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The Scott Walker Racial Rorschach Test

January 30, 2015 – Is it “racially polarizing” to publicly applaud people who achieve the American Dream? If you’re a liberal critic of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recent Iowa Freedom Summit speech, the answer might be yes. On Wednesday, Slate writer Jamelle Bouie published “Divide and Conquer,” a guide to “Scott Walker’s divisive message for winning […]



State of the Union: Weary of Washington

January 26, 2015–Every time I go to Washington, D.C., I leave town a little more libertarian. Unfortunately, our nation’s capital seems to have the opposite impact on its long-time residents. Don’t get me wrong: D.C. is really nice. It’s a gorgeous city. But every time I go there, I can’t help but think that it’s […]



The Monsterization of Men

January 8, 2015–“What happens,” asks the web’s latest viral video, “when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her?” If you’re like me, and you tend to think that little boys are generally not miniature clones of Ike Turner or, say, Hannibal Lecter, the answer to that question […]



Feminism’s War on “Gendered” Toys

December 17, 2014–“Tis the season for anxious parenting,” writer Elissa Strauss announced last Friday in The Week. The cause of this parental stress may not be obvious at first glance. Rather, it is quiet, insidious, and, apparently, it lurks worldwide. It is—get ready, innocent holiday shoppers—an army of sexist, “gendered” toys, ready to oppress children around the […]



Lena Dunham’s Assault on Humanity

December 11, 2014–Ah, the holidays. ’Tis the season to be merry! Unfortunately, as media critic Howard Kurtz recently pointed out, ’tis also, apparently, “the season for disputed rape claims.” I’m sorry. It’s depressing, I know. First came Rolling Stone magazine’s explosive University of Virginia gang-rape story, which now, due to a significant dearth of actual […]



Why I Left Feminism (Or, How Feminism Left Me)

December 9, 2014–When I was a child—and through most of college, in fact—I always thought of myself as a feminist. Remember back in kindergarten, when they ask you to draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up? Here’s mine… Read the rest at The Federalist here.



The UVA Rape Case and Feminist Confusion

December 4, 2014–Over the past two weeks, a horrific story, originally published in Rolling Stone, has rocked the University of Virginia. According to the article, a bubbly U-Va. freshman named Jackie attended a fraternity date party two years ago. There, she was lured into a dark room, pushed to the floor, beaten atop a shattered […]



How To Ruin Thanksgiving in a Few Easy Steps

November 26, 2014 — Don’t you love Thanksgiving? I sure do. Apparently, however, a lot of people kind of hate Thanksgiving—or, at the very least, they kind of hate their relatives. Here’s Henry Alford writing in Friday’s New York Times: “The hurt feelings and the culture of psychological entrapment. The long-dormant resentments that seem to redouble […]



Artificial Intelligence and “Scientific” Insanity

November 20, 2014–Worried about killer computers? So is billionaire technology guru Elon Musk. In August, Musk—the mind behind Tesla Motors, the CEO of SpaceX, and co-founder of PayPal—said that artificial intelligence, popularly known as AI, is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” In October, Musk warned an MIT audience that AI’s rapid rise could be mankind’s […]



When Comets and Shirts Collide

November 17, 2014–If you keep a close eye on the quatrains of Nostradamus—and I do not, although I once watched a terrifying History Channel “documentary” on the soothsayer’s “Lost Book,” which informed me that the world would almost certainly be blown up by a mysterious man wearing a sky-blue turban by the fall of 2010—you […]



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Heather Wilhelm is an Austin, Texas-based writer with experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communications, online news, web development, magazine editing, and print journalism. Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, RealClearPolitics.com, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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