John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled "Doctor Zero: Year One." His work has also appeared at Human Events, the Daily Caller, Breitbart News, and the New York Post. His journey from prolific evening commenter in blog forums, to full-time professional writer, took just under two years. Prior to this mid-life career change, he had a long career in the computer software industry. John has an extensive background in technical writing, with an enduring interest in issues related to the Internet, technology, economics, and individual liberty.


    Collectivism and the presumption of guilt

    Back in March of 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama told a charming and funny story about how she supposedly slipped out to a Target department store on an undercover shopping run.  (The Obamas are both shameless phonies, so of course this bit of Princess-and-Pauper mingling with the Little People was actually a staged publicity stunt – there just happened to be press photographers standing by to snap pictures | Read More »

    Terrorism, interrogation, and the great cultural divide

    On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal and NBC News published the latest in a string of polls that suggest Senate Democrats’ grandstanding attempt to impugn the Bush-era CIA with a “bombshell” report on the interrogation of terrorists has backfired pretty badly: Most Americans don’t object to the CIA’s interrogation techniques that some call torture, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. After being told the | Read More »


    Welcome to the end of America’s long experiment in republican self-rule, where a century of post-New Deal experimentation has determined that the ultimate model of government is anasocracy: rule by lame duck. Anasocracy has the forms of representative democracy, but not the substance.  Oh, the Little People get to run around thinking they participate in major elections to determine the future course of the nation, but the | Read More »

    If you would reap power, sow despair

    If you would reap power, sow despair. Desperate people will submit to indignities the proud and independent would never suffer.  The shrieking alarms of “crisis” and thunder of “warfare” weaken our resistance to command.  That’s why every political initiative is portrayed as a dire emergency, or the moral equivalent of war.  You’ll notice that all those politicized “wars” on domestic issues are eternal – there | Read More »

    ObamaCare and the centralization crusade

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in the Wall Street Journal that ObamaCare is positively crushing independent physicians, very much by design.  The horde of little collectivist grubers who boiled forth to craft the Affordable Care Act are big believers in “consolidation,” a crusade Gottlieb entreats Republican reformers to resist: The law’s defenders view this consolidation as a necessary step to enable payment provisions | Read More »

    Ownership is justice

    If property is peace, then ownership is justice. Earlier I proposed that respect for property rights is an essential ingredient to a peaceful and orderly society.  The atrophy of property rights – most definitely including the aggressive seizure of wealth by redistributionist government – correlates directly with social strife.  That’s one of the reasons anti-capitalists turn up at violent and anarchic protests, such as the | Read More »

    Property is peace

    Here’s an interesting non-sequitur about the Ferguson riots and their ostensible justification: Also, property damage is apparently more important than a kid getting killed. Reminds me of this tweet. — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 25, 2014 Call it the redistribution of justice: how can anyone worry about mere property rights when a “kid” has been killed? The moral logic of rioting and looting is built upon | Read More »

    Civilization is constantly under attack

    One unfortunate side effect of utopian ideology is the quest to create a system of government so righteous and noble that nobody would even try to tear it down.  This is absurd and childish.  Civilization is always under attack.  The forces of anarchy and barbarism never go away. There will always be people who believe The System is so fundamentally unjust that they are justified in ignoring | Read More »

    Amnesty, Chumponomics, and the rule of law

    The first time I wrote about Chumponomics, a rural homeowner in Tennessee lost his house in a fire after refusing to pay the modest fee for fire protection from a nearby city fire department.  The idea behind this system was that maintaining a regular fire department through the usual means of local tax assessment was impractical for the sparsely populated area, so the residents of | Read More »

    A time for testing

    During an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show Wednesday night, (R-TX) emphasized that President Obama’s impending executive orders on amnesty represent a threat to the Constitutional order, as well as imposing a policy the American people clearly do not want.  “This last election was a referendum on amnesty, and the American people overwhelmingly rose up and said, ‘No, we don’t want lawless amnesty,’” Cruz | Read More »

    Amnesty and the minimum wage make strange bedfellows

    As amnesty becomes Barack Obama’s latest Bright Shiny Political Object, let’s not forget the previous one: hiking the minimum wage.  The Obamanomics argument for  minimum wage hike is that wealth redistribution creates jobs.  Any law that forces money to disperse from The Few to The Many supposedly creates jobs, because The Many run out and spend it like crazy, creating bountiful opportunities for business formation | Read More »

    The government needs to start respecting us

    Jim Geraghty at National Review takes note of an ad for ‘s runoff, in which Republicans are charged with showing Barack Obama “so much disrespect,” and sees a bigger lame-duck Democrat campaign theme struggling to crack out of its eggshell: Watch for this maneuver more in the coming months. Barack Obama has lost the Democratic control of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Democrats in | Read More »

    Those who work hard and play by the rules

    To my ear, the most grating cliche of the Obama era is when he professes his love “those who work hard and play by the rules.”  The core element of Obama’s philosophy is to screw those people over, good and hard, every chance he gets.  What he really sees them as is chumps. This is not new to Obama, of course.  Every form of collectivism and redistribution is | Read More »

    ObamaCare and the tyranny of lies

    Ron Fournier at National Journal – a self-professed ObamaCare supporter who is still struggling mightily to pretend the disastrous health-care law was something more than a monumental act of fraud against the American people – nevertheless says all these tapes of ObamaCare architect Jon Gruber gleefully admitting lie after lie are starting to wear him down: “Those comments have struck a nerve on the right,” wrote Jose A. DelReal | Read More »

    Voting is for adults

    An impending Democrat loss brings out all sorts of panicky complaints from the media that democracy urgently needs renovation.  Lower the voting age!  Register everyone to vote automatically when any government bureaucrat so much as looks at them!  Abolish the midterm elections, because they’re just static that obscures the pure message voters send during presidential runs, at least when the Democrat wins!  Force people to | Read More »

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