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.


    Capitalism kills poverty

    “It’s the greatest achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about,” trumpets Mark J. Perry at the American Enterprise Institute.  He knows exactly why you never heard about it: the achievement he refers to is a hundred-megaton left-wing narrative-killer.   To put it simply, the spread of capitalism around the world over the past 25 years has caused the fastest, deepest reduction | Read More »

    Clinton, Crapitalism, and the Fear Machine

    It must be somewhat disturbing to the less devoted supporters of Hillary! For President that she can’t seem to make a single public appearance without dropping a gaffe bomb that takes days to defuse.  It’s a good thing that Democrats are given endless opportunities to “clarify” their remarks by their friendly media.  Hillary spends as much time clarifying as she does speaking. Our Lady of | Read More »

    The Ferguson powder keg

    “Tensions are rising in Ferguson as new details about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown emerge,” reports CBS News in St. Louis.  That would seem odd to the proverbial man from Mars, hopping out of his flying saucer and getting up to speed on the crisis, because the new details reveal that what they were protesting over didn’t happen.  Rejoice, good people of Ferguson!  Michael Brown | Read More »

    ObamaCare: failure at any price

    It was rather refreshing to see the very brief return of cost/benefit analysis to the American Left during the Ebola crisis.  You had to listen carefully to hear it, but the muddled arguments against imposing a travel ban on the West African outbreak nations boiled down to an assertion that the safety benefits would not be worth the costs, which would be paid primarily by | Read More »

    Some things we’re not allowed to know until after the election

    If you’re wondering who the next Attorney General of the United States might be, following the departure of Eric “Stonewall” Holder, you’ll have to wait until after the elections.  Senate Democrats demanded the White House keep the name under wraps until they drag themselves past the 2014 midterms.  That tells you the names they’ve been hearing through back channels from the White House wouldn’t bring | Read More »

    Representative self-government is going out of style

    The latest Hollywood salute to the joys of enlightened despotism is nothing new.  They’ve been fantasizing about an Obama dictatorship since the first year of his presidency, and swooning over the idea of Wise Leaders With Total Power for a long time before that.  Part of this is due to the romantic allure of the Great Man fantasy.  What an amazing character the maximum leader must be – a man of | Read More »

    ObamaCare, that most callous of ‘reforms’

    The next wave of ObamaCare insurance cancellations is under way, flying largely under the national media radar… until Wal-Mart announced it would be dropping coverage for all its part-time employees.  The Associated Press reports: Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move, | Read More »

    ‘Don’t panic over Ebola!’ they screamed

    The threat of Ebola certain has produced a wave of unreasoning panic!  Not among the people of America, mind you.  They’re actually taking it fairly well.  They’re concerned by what they’ve seen so far.  People who have valid reasons to fear exposure for themselves, or their children, have taken some actions that the authorities dismiss as excessive, such as Dallas parents keeping their kids home | Read More »

    Rise of the ineptocracy

    I made a living for many years teaching small business owners and their employees how to use a powerful and intricate computer program.  “You must think we’re stupid,” they would occasionally say with a rueful chuckle, after making mistakes.  Often the person making such a self-deprecating comment had recently one of those behind-the-scenes websites filled with anecdotes from computer-support techs about their goofy clients.  (As | Read More »

    Eric Holder’s resignation and the midterm elections

    I think the conventional wisdom about the political fallout from Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation has it wrong.  This isn’t necessarily going to be a problem for Democrats.  It’s a roll of the dice, a Hail Mary pass, but  with a little luck, it could be a significant asset to them in the midterm elections.  In fact, the more I think about it, the more I see | Read More »

    The War on Poverty: failure redefined as success

    On the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation posted a devastating after-action report pronouncing it “a colossal flop” at the Daily Signal: Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution. | Read More »

    Scotland and the end of centralization

    Mark Leonard at Reuters has some interesting thoughts about how the Scottish independence vote could be “the canary in the independence coal mine,” a harbinger of both statehood movements and political trends in “many nations that do not face imminent break-up – from America to Zambia.”  He specifies four of those trends as a desire for self-government that trumps economic interests, resurgent nationalism (which he | Read More »

    Natural law and the War on Wives

    Human progress can be portrayed as a long, difficult, but highly successful war against nature, which retaliates with some very spectacular counter-attacks to remind us of our technological limits.  Whenever I hear the state of nature romanticized, I find myself thinking that the “natural” life of man involves surviving a highly risky birthing process – ideally without killing our mothers on the way out – | Read More »

    Respecting the faith of non-Islamic terrorists

    It hasn’t been pretty watching the political culture of the United States beat itself senseless over the cruel realities of Islamic terrorism for the past thirteen years.  If the beginning of this process was the Bush Administration’s “Religion of Peace” rhetoric, the darkly comical endgame is Barack Obama lecturing the Islamic State for not being Islamic. “ISIL is not ‘Islamic,’” Obama said in his speech last | Read More »

    The piecemeal presidency

    How bad are President Obama’s poll numbers?  So bad that the poll-crazed media has essentially stopped talking about them, as the Media Research Center noticed on Monday.  Last week’s cataclysmic Gallup poll was given zero coverage on the Big Three networks.  They scarcely bother to report their own partnership polls. That’s quite a contrast with the way polls were used to drive news coverage of the Bush | Read More »

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