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.


    The freedom of money

    USA Today recently tried to come up with a price tag for the “American Dream,” and somehow concluded that it costs $130,000 per year.  Since only about 1 in 8 households pull down that kind of income, the American Dream is clearly slipping out of our grasp.  The darn One Percenters went and stole it from us! The specifics of USA Today’s formula are debatable | Read More »

    The stress of citizenship

    I once worked for a company that put its employees through one of those lengthy performance evaluations that included psych-test essay questions, such as “How do you define ‘stress,’ and how could you reduce the amount of stress in your workday?”  I was young and new to such evaluations, so I’d never really thought much about “stress” before.  I was convinced it had nothing to | Read More »

    The Battle of Murrieta

    The well-oiled machinery of citizenship-destroying government was in the process of making a regularly-scheduled delivery of illegal aliens to the town of Murrieta, California last week when a group of unhappy local residents turned up, and engaged in what our friends on the Left used to describe as the essence of patriotism: they staged a protest.  They prevented several busloads of illegals from entering the | Read More »

    Liberty: the road not taken

    The Left’s cherished new idea is that if someone doesn’t give you something for “free,” such as birth control, they are “denying your access” to it.  That’s clearly absurd on the most basic common sense level, the kind of thinking a reasonably clever child would shred in a matter of moments, but it’s becoming something like a religious imperative for liberals – a new commandment | Read More »

    ‘Freedom’ is just another word for nothing left to buy

    I can well understand the urge to make fun of left-wingers hyperventilating over the Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision against the ObamaCare contraception mandates.  Responses such as those collected by Moe Lane here at RedState, and Sean Davis over at The Federalist, are worthy of giggle-snorts.  But I can’t help thinking these folks are not merely ignorant or high-strung.  They’re not so much ignoring facts | Read More »

    They might be giants, or they might be boneheads

    During the one thousandth performance of his “Nothing Is My Fault” cross-country tour, President Obama tried to laugh off the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, the crash of ObamaCare, and all the other problems you little citizens keep worrying your pretty little heads about by saying “that whole idea that government is the problem or the enemy is just not true,” but “some federal workers | Read More »

    The requirements of civilization

    Our media has not made Americans as familiar as we should be with the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for “apostasy.”  Her “crime” was being Christian even though her largely unseen father was Muslim.  According to the Sudanese legal system, this nullified her marriage to American Daniel Wani, making her guilty of additional “crimes” due to | Read More »

    Absolute power corrupts comprehensively

    Everyone knows Lord Acton’s warning about how “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  It also has a way of corrupting comprehensively. Somehow the generations that grew up reciting Acton got the idea that if power is dispersed among many people, rather than being vested in a single monarch or dictator, corruption can be minimized.  We are in the middle of a long | Read More »

    Husband’s Day

    It has been said that the #EndFathersDay hashtag on Twitter was a bit of trolling, a joke, kicked off as a satire of modern feminism.  A fair number of excitable feminists and their fellow-traveler liberals appear to have taken it seriously.  In fairness, it can be hard to tell when feminists are joking.  Have you heard the knee-slapper about Planned Parenthood instructing teenagers in the | Read More »

    The gulf between Americans and their Ruling Class can be measured with amnesty

    Everyone in Punditopia is arguing about exactly how House Majority Leader Eric Cantor managed to lose his primary to an upstart challenger named Dave Brat, despite the powers of incumbency and a campaign war chest that made Brat’s campaign fund look like pocket money.  There’s never a single, simple, unified answer to such a question, especially in a House race, where local issues and the | Read More »

    The cost of government will get figured out on the back end

    The Associated Press writes of four Social Security judges appearing before Congress to “face accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.”  They approved over 90 percent of the cases they heard.  One judge testified that he “heard thousands of cases and never had one overturned because the applicant was not disabled.”  Another judge had a 99 percent | Read More »

    The importance of partisanship

    I’ve always been fascinated by people who claim to detest politics – an extremely common proclamation at dinner-table conversations – but nevertheless support Big Government in all of its activist bloat.  A related bafflement involves people who complain endlessly about bitter partisan politics and “gridlock” when the government consumes or controls so much of American life. If you want a huge, dominant central government, then | Read More »

    Reparations and perpetual shame

    Reparations made it back into the news briefly last week, thanks to Ta-Nehisi Coates writing an Atlantic cover story on the subject.  Kevin Williamson at National Review did a great job of deconstructing Coates’ argument, which was itself made with greater care than racial activists generally employ.  Even someone wholeheartedly and unalterably opposed to reparations can find some food for thought in how Coates describes the lingering effects of | Read More »

    Accountable government is impossible, according to liberals

    No sooner did I encourage Republicans to make accountability one of their primary campaign themes then I came across Ron Fournier at National Journal tearing into lefty Ezra Klein for arguing that accountable government is a superhero fantasy: “Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver,” he begins, a fair start. Surely, the editor-in-chief of Vox is going to make the obvious point that presidents and presidential candidates should know | Read More »

    Running against the System

    The latest bad-news poll for Democrats is a Politico poll of battleground states that shows Republicans leading by a historically wide margin on the generic ballot: In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of | Read More »

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