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.


    Life on the margins

    Early in his 2012 run for the presidency, Newt Gingrich remarked, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.  I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”  He was referring specifically to Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform proposals, which led to a bit of tension | Read More »

    The ruling class war against voter ID

    It’s funny how majority support is supposed to be decisive for some issues, but completely irrelevant for others.  Voter ID laws are enormously popular with the general public, routinely scoring 70 to 80 percent approval.  That stacks up pretty well against the most popular gun-control measures you could name.  But the political class and its media allies will never portray voter ID as an urgent | Read More »

    Marco Rubio and the immigration surrender

    Of all the arguments advanced in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, perhaps the most outrageous came from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a radio interview on Tuesday with Preston Scott on WFLA out of Tallahassee, Florida.  Outrage should not be exclusively directed at Rubio, because what he said is very possibly true.  And outrage should not be limited to the immigration issue, because what | Read More »

    Bono, born-again capitalist evangelist

    Rock star Bono of the group U2 has been saying some very interesting things lately.  Let’s concede up front that it’s all too easy to celebrate someone for coming around to your way of thinking.  Merit badges for genius are easily awarded to people who agree with you. I won’t belittle this particular celebrity by lavishing him with insincere praise for saying something that agrees | Read More »

    President Obama’s auto fatality gaffe

    President Obama said some rather strange things during his appearance on The Tonight Show last week, but one gaffe in particular has flown low under the radar.  While he was attempting to downplay the resurgence of al-Qaeda, the President said, “The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately.” This was before he | Read More »

    The real class war

    Somehow Marxist class theory has been written into American politics at the genetic level.  It’s easy to understand why politicians, especially the dedicated Big Government types, want us to think this way.  We never should have played along.  But we did, so now Americans view themselves as a great, shapeless, saintly Middle Class, floating above a shadowy Lower Class from which we have no right | Read More »

    Congress’ fiduciary duty to repeal ObamaCare

    As I was putting together the latest roundup of horrible ObamaCare news, I found myself wondering how Congress could reconcile a failure to repeal or defund this disaster with their basic fiduciary duty to the American taxpayer.  I know this will sound hopelessly quaint, but the government is supposed to be a careful steward of our public treasury.  The treasury is filled with property confiscated | Read More »

    America’s need for immigrants

    Al Cardenas, chair of the American Conservative Union, teamed up with John McLaughlin to produce an essay entitled “Do We Need More Immigrants?”  By “we” they mean America in general, and the answer they provide is “a resounding yes.” The essay has two major sections.  In the first, Cardenas and McLaughlin cite an Opiniones Latinas survey that shows “the majority of Hispanics, particularly registered voters, | Read More »

    The Hillary Clinton conundrum

    It is widely assumed that Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democrat nomination, if not a virtual lock on the candidacy.  The only real question is whether Joe Biden puts his boss in a tough spot by launching a doomed campaign to wrestle the nomination away from Hillary.  Our “objective” “news” media is already pumping up the Clinton candidacy by scheduling glowing biographies | Read More »

    Low tide for the ocean of tomorrows

    Barack Obama’s latest “pivot to the economy” speech will soon fade from memory, just like everything else he says, except for the words he really needs us to forget, such as “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”  But before all the gassy rhetoric and silly claims of a roaring economy only he can see have been lost | Read More »

    Reign of the man-child

    There’s a common thread running through Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting escapades, Barack Obama’s 19th pivot to the economy, and much else that’s going wrong in America today.  This is the reign of the man-child, the era of perpetual teenage indulgence.  Nothing is my fault, man.  Nobody understands me.  Everyone keeps hassling me about little stuff.  Nobody can see the superhero I really am.  Consequences are | Read More »

    Over and out for the middle class

    The latest gaudy repackaging of Barack Obama’s cobwebbed economic “ideas” is to declare them a “middle-out” approach to growth.  It doesn’t really mean anything – it’s just the latest effort to make the Sainted Middle Class feel as if Democrats really, really, really care about them.  Republicans use such language, too.  The entire political class speaks always and only to the Sainted Middle Class.  A | Read More »

    Spending tomorrow’s money is easy

    The short explanation for the demise of Detroit is that time caught up with it.  Decades of corruption built a mountain of liabilities, while scaring off the taxpayers needed to finance those promises.  It’s like a movie trailer for the blockbuster disaster film to come, when America’s declining demographics catch up with the federal government’s vastly higher mountain of unfunded commitments.  Detroit is the city | Read More »

    How to be stupid

    Scientists spend a lot of time studying intelligence, and arguing over how it can be measured.  They should invest more effort in studying stupidity.  Intelligence is largely potential and theoretical, but stupidity is practical.  As a great philosopher once explained to her son, “Stupid is as stupid does.” The key ingredient in applied stupidity is lack of effort.  Intelligence without effort is a high-performance engine | Read More »

    Jobs are the answer to social questions

    In this hour of social unrest, let me take a moment to trumpet free-market capitalism as the answer to most of the big vexing questions. Capitalism is the practical expression of freedom.  It is also fertile soil for cooperation. Cooperation is the universal solvent for unrest.  People who are cooperating are not at war with one another.  They may still harbor unfriendly thoughts about each other, but | Read More »