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.


    Defiance and submission

    Defiance is the opposite of submission.  When submission is demanded, the only available options are absolute, unambiguous defiance, or some degree of compliance with the demand.  Once you’re in compliance, only the degree of submission remains to be debated. This is particularly true when the demand for submission concerns a core principle, a veritable pillar of civilization, such as the right to free speech.  Few | Read More »

    Person of the Year 2014: The Invisible Kwanzaa Celebrant

    Person of the Year awards are all the rage these days.  It’s a great opportunity for creativity, since the rules have long since been stretched like taffy, so you don’t have to pick an actual individual person any more.  Man, that was hard work!  Especially if your expressed standard was to choose the most important or influential person of the year, rather than the nicest or most | Read More »

    The Gift

    I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable with the “glass half-full” versus “glass half-empty” measurement of optimism and pessimism, because it implies that we can know the shape and size of the glass into which fate is poured.  Optimism might be better defined as seeking faint light among deep shadows, treasuring the past and looking to the future with anticipation while striving to see the present | Read More »


    Goodwill toward men

    Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.  That’s not just a hopeful prayer, it’s a formula.  Peace cannot be long sustained without goodwill. The third ingredient in the formula, according to Luke, is “Glory to God in the highest heaven.”  That’s unfashionable to mention these days.  The critic of religion – all of them in general, or specific examples – will rush to point out that | Read More »

    Stop hoping and start doing

    There’s a good reason the term “community organizer” has become a sarcastic joke.  As a class, they haven’t been covering themselves with glory.  The term has become more-or-less synonymous with “left-wing agitator’ or “political hustler.” But it doesn’t have to be that way.  The negative impression is created by the community organizers who develop strong political connections, rake in a ton of money, and rise | Read More »

    Gun control and the folly of abstract politics

    Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review labels this PSA “the worst anti-gun commercial in the history of the United States.”  It’s more like a public disservice announcement, seeing as how it encourages children to commit multiple felony offenses.  I think I’d go so far as to rank it among the worst examples of issue advocacy ever produced, right up there with the classic Church of Global Warming ad | Read More »

    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 »

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