America’s Dangerous Ebola Advice

October 16, 2014 – If you lived in New York City during the September 11 terrorist attacks, you can attest to one rather remarkable fact: Nobody really panicked. On a day when Manhattan looked like a scene from some horrible, over-the-top sci-fi production, the vast majority of people kept calm, carried on, and watched out […]

Christians, Libertarians, and Ayn Rand

October 9, 2014 – Five years ago, I wrote a column that earned more hate mail than all of my other columns combined. It wasn’t about an emotionally charged issue like abortion, euthanasia, or gay marriage. Nor did it advocate something dreadful like malls putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween, call for Oprah quotes on Starbucks […]

Lena Dunham, Anti-Feminist

October 2, 2014 – So, did you hear that Lena Dunham wrote a new memoir? The 28-year-old Dunham is, of course, the media-declared “voice of her generation.”  She is a “feminist icon.” She is also the “wunderkind” creator of HBO’s “Girls,” which, in case you’ve missed it, is a mediocre television show featuring confused, naked, […]

America’s Dubious Threat Assessments

September 25, 2014 – Sometimes, when people get rich, they get a little out of touch. It’s not their fault, really. Once the lower levels of your hierarchy of needs—food, water, shelter, employment, friendship, a $600 phone that you stare at to avoid making eye contact with your friends and family—are completely sated, the mind is […]

Wendy Davis and the Age of Over-Sharing

September 11, 2014 – This week, in case you missed it, Wendy Davis—the Texas gubernatorial hopeful launched to national fame by her impassioned pro-abortion filibuster last year—released a new memoir. The book, called “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” offers intimate details regarding Ms. Davis’s personal and political life, which no one in America has ever heard anything […]

How Do I Love Texas? Let Me Count the Ways

September 4, 2014 – “The South,” professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills wrote last year in the New York Review of Books, is “the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time. … It is the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. It is as if the whole continent were tipped […]

Tacos, Beer, and the Banality of Evil

August 28, 2014–Over the past few weeks, countless Americans have cheerfully doused themselves with ice-filled water to raise money to fight ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. With the mind-boggling success of this simple viral campaign, it didn’t take long for copycat efforts to arrive. Not all of them, alas, are heartwarming. Take the […]

The Crazy World of Public Schools

August 14, 2014–Are America’s vast, sprawling, powerful government agencies really all that bad? Left-leaning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, in a recent series of columns and blog posts, has passionately leapt to their defense. “Libertarians are living in a fantasy world,” Krugman wrote over the weekend, arguing that our nation’s major welfare-state programs are […]

What Ebola Says About Us

 August 7, 2014–If you’ve ever spent significant time in Africa—and I mean real, gritty Africa, not the gauzy, Abercrombie  & Kent-guided, cocktails-on-the-Serengeti Africa that many moneyed Americans know—you might understand why the  current Ebola outbreak is so scary.  In many parts of the continent, sanitation is sporadic; in some, it is practically nonexistent. In the […]

We’re a Long Way From Woodstock

July 24, 2014 – Have you ever met someone who has no idea what his or her personality is really like?  This would be, for instance, the “really laid-back” guy who insists on calculating how much each diner owes, down to the penny, after a 14-person restaurant dinner. It’s the young mom who tells you she’s […]

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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,, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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