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.


    Living in the small spaces around the State

    Like Erick, I hate the hyper-politicization of American life.  I despise totalitarianism, no matter what uniform it wears, or how popular its leaders profess themselves to be.  I don’t understand why people with a birthright of dignified liberty are so eager to indulge the totalitarian impulse for supposedly benevolent ends.  How many enforcers of any blood-spattered total State did not claim to act in the best interests | Read More »

    Freedom is resistance

    As ObamaCare collapses into a pile of flaming garbage on the eve of full implementation, there’s a cottage industry of liberals screaming that it’s all the fault of those dastardly Republicans, because they won’t fix the idiotic program that none of them voted for.  We’ve heard this sort of complaint throughout the Obama presidency, of course – his endless failures are always the fault of | Read More »

    Very special interests

    The quest for “clean” energy has involved a lot of expensive jousting runs at windmills, but that’s nothing compared to the even more ruinous quest for “clean” Big Government.  The great and disastrous fantasy of the Twentieth Century was the dream of a wise central government, staffed by selfless and brilliant public servants, who could honorably employ coercive power to accomplish what individuals are too | Read More »

    Trust in government dies with the rule of law

    As far as I know, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) became the first elected official to say what a lot of conservative bloggers and editorial writers have thinking, ever since Barack Obama claimed the new trans-Constitutional power to rewrite legislation on the fly… something our unitary executive ironically chose to do on the very eve of our great national Independence Day holiday. Speaking on NBC’s Meet the | Read More »

    The weed of politics bears bitter fruit

    The spooky old pulp avenger known as The Shadow was fond of hissing a lesson at his defeated criminal enemies: The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. The fruit of total politics is bitter, too.  One cannot help noticing that everything in our hyper-politicized culture is becoming a teeth-and-fingernails struggle in which the losing side is demonized.  This kind of thinking even found its way into | Read More »

    We must promote marriage, not just defend it

    The Defense of Marriage Act took a big hit at the Supreme Court this week.  We really should be promoting marriage, not just defending it.  But traditional marriage has been on the defensive for a long time, and it’s not just because of the same-sex marriage crusade.  Marriage began looking weak long before anyone thought gay marriage had a chance of obtaining widespread legal sanction.  In fact, | Read More »

    Let’s give the Republic another chance

    Texas was all set to pass a set of restrictions on abortion Tuesday night.  The legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks, a position supported by a heft 62 percent of the local electorate.  Stricter health and safety standards for abortion clinics would have been imposed, with an eye toward preventing further horrors in the style of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s ongoing re-enactment of the | Read More »

    Restraining the ambitions of the State

    “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) assured his audience during an interview with the Spanish-language network Univision a couple of weeks ago.  “The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.” Here we are, on the verge of | Read More »

    ObamaCare suckers needed, inquire within

    In the course of explaining why the White House is still spending huge amounts of time and money to convince Americans that ObamaCare doesn’t stink, even though we hate it more with every passing month, Time drops this little nugget of information: At the White House, health care implementation has become an obsession. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spends two hours a day on Obamacare implementation, staffers said, and senior | Read More »

    It’s our world, the CBO just lives in it

    The first thing to keep in mind about the Congressional Budget Office estimate of costs and benefits for the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill – or any other estimate the CBO prepares – is that Congress is very good at gaming CBO estimates.  There are lots of little tricks that can be used to hide costs and inflate benefits, once you understand how the CBO | Read More »

    The beauty queen view of modern America

    Who knew that a beauty pageant could be brimming with so much socio-political insight?  The Miss USA pageant on Sunday gave us not one, but two, remarkable observations on the state of the Union. First, here’s Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord, offering her thoughts on the surveillance state: “I think the society that we live in today, it’s sad that if we go to the | Read More »

    The 2016 GOP platform: equality and the rule of law

    I agree with Erick’s point this morning that Senator Marco Rubio does not deserve tar and feathers for something one of his aides said.  The quote in question went as follows: “There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it… There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get | Read More »

    Rick Santorum and the Type A voters

    Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington on Friday, Rick Santorum offered criticism of the campaign that bested him in the 2012 GOP primary, but wound up losing the general election: One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single factory worker went out there.  Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that | Read More »

    Ruling-class concerns

    Congress is currently convulsed in a titanic struggle over immigration reform… a topic that rarely cracks the top-10 list of top concerns for the American people, and never gets into the top 5.  Border security polls far higher than anything else in the “comprehensive immigration reform” basket, particularly among those Americans who actually live along the border, but that’s the one thing the ruling class | Read More »

    The end-user license of liberty

    One of my favorite Dilbert cartoons showed the hero’s laconic office mate, Wally, discovers to his horror that agreeing to the Microsoft End User License Agreement meant he would have to spend several months of indentured servitude as a towel boy at Bill Gates’ pool.  I thought of it when hearing the sarcastic suggestion today that we might all have unknowingly agreed to the NSA’s | Read More »