Hillary Clinton and the Question of American Doom

March 5, 2015–This week, America learned two amazing things. The first is that Hillary Clinton—former secretary of state, likely presidential hopeful, and the hardest-working poor little rich lady in D.C. showbiz—apparently cooked up a bizarre “home-brewed” private e-mail server that she used to conduct all of her official, top-secret government business for the State Department. […]

How Scott Walker Brings Out the Worst in the Left

February 19, 2015–Imagine that I’m a political consultant. This week, my clients, who are all government employees, are hopping mad about cuts in their state’s spending. “Don’t worry, folks,” I tell them, muttering something random about “optics” and “externalities,” which is the oldest political consultant trick in the book. “Here’s the plan. Gather a group […]

Some People Don’t Want to “Coexist”

February 12, 2015–Last week, a French graffiti artist named “Combo” was beaten on the streets of Paris, left with a black eye, a dislocated shoulder, and massive bruising. His offense?  Painting a giant “Coexist” mural in a largely Muslim neighborhood, integrating the letters with a Muslim crescent, a Star of David, and a Christian cross. […]

The Rise of Weak-Kneed Feminism

February 5, 2015–Want to score an invite to the State of the Union address? One way to do so, it turns out, is to turn a rape accusation into a contemporary art project. Imagine the following scenario: You’re a college student, and you believe you have been raped by a former friend. You don’t want […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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