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.


    How to resist

    It didn’t occur to me, when writing of my reasons for skepticism of Big Government, that it would end up with something of a cliffhanger ending, or maybe an implied final sentence reading “… and that’s why we’re doomed.”  But I can see why the beast I described sounds formidable.  We’re generations past the point where it could have been reformed by a few visionaries, | Read More »

    Reflections of a Big Government skeptic

    I think liberty is a genuinely fascinating concept, far more difficult in execution than concept.  Just about every American would nod enthusiastically if asked whether liberty is a good thing.  (A dismaying portion of the remaining Western world would not agree reflexively that liberty is an absolute good, whose preservation is the highest duty of lawful and just governments.)  The Founding Fathers of the United States did | Read More »

    We are all capitalists

    Shilling for minimum-wage increases is one of the laziest moves a desperate politician can make.  President Obama took it to a new level in his State of the Union address, investing just enough effort to sharpen an embarrassing pander into another weapon in his endless class warfare: In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws | Read More »

    America’s top issue

    As we roll into the State of the Union address, it is often observed that many of the issues obsessing our political class don’t make it into the top five when American voters are polled about their paramount concerns.  The top two issues are almost always jobs and the economy.  The political class, moving with the speed and confidence of used-car salesmen ingratiating themselves to | Read More »

    A nation of criminals

    As expected, one of the big themes for President Obama’s State of the Union speech will be “income inequality.”  Those of you who were expecting the big “ObamaCare: What Was I Thinking?” speech will have to contain your disappointment.  You’ll have plenty to discuss with Linus when you’re camped out in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear next fall. Of course Barack Obama | Read More »

    The dignity of life

    Dr. Ben Carson writes movingly of his “view on the sanctity of life,” relating two of the incidents from his medical career that led him to conclude that “the thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant.” Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion. I informed her of | Read More »

    If you like your concealed-carry permit, you can keep it

    There’s a good reason people are growing nervous about the huge amount of information our government is amassing on its citizens.  The strange story of John Filippidis should put a chill in the hearts of everyone concerned about protecting their Constitutional rights, especially their gun rights. Filippidis is a Floridian with a concealed-carry permit, who drove to visit family in New Jersey over the Christmas | Read More »

    The Church of Global Warming hearts communism

    Quick show of hands: who’s surprised to learn the global warming fanatics think communism is super-awesome? Oh, I know what you’re thinking, People Who Have Your Hands Down.  You’ve seen what communist countries look like.  They’re absolute environmental disasters, horrifying wastelands of garbage and toxic pollution.  You’re wondering how anyone could possibly review the history of communism and come to the conclusion that it’s a political philosophy | Read More »

    Wanted: manly virtue

    Rich Cromwell writes a lively discussion of our culture’s attempts to deal with manly virtue at The Federalist, inspired by a hilariously funny advertisement that shows a guy desperately trying to recapture his masculinity after using a feminine product in the shower: Cromwell goes on a tour of leftist culture’s inability to define what “masculinity” means, especially since that culture is so nervous about endorsing | Read More »

    In search of liberal Browncoats

    A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend of liberal persuasion about the cult-classic TV series “Firefly” – which, particularly in its concluding theatrical film, is one of pop culture’s strongest parables about libertarianism and rebellion against authority.  If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it was a science-fiction program about a space-faring band of lovable rogues, some of whom fought in a losing | Read More »

    Barack Obama’s broken window economy

    It’s awfully strange to see a President simultaneously claim that his economy is (finally) on the mend… while simultaneously demanding yet another “emergency” unemployment extension.  Obamanomics is a perpetual unemployment emergency.  Five years on, the American economy still can’t rise from its sick bed and pull the IV tube out of its arm.  Heckuva job, Obama voters! Of course, they all think it’s George Bush’s | Read More »

    Puncturing our health care illusions

    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been trying to play along with ObamaCare.  Alas, his son drew the “Go Directly to Medicaid Jail” card, inexplicably diverted into that mournful welfare program by the supposedly exceptional Kentucky exchange system.  Granted, “exceptional” status is a pretty low bar to clear when it comes to ObamaCare exchanges, but Kentucky was supposed to have one of the better ones… and | Read More »

    Incentives to work

    Michael Strain at National Affairs has a long article in which he proposes “A Jobs Agenda For the Right.”  Much of his effort is devoted to getting conservatives comfortable with smart, limited macroeconomic stimulus spending, rather than opposing all such spending on principle. For example, he puts in a good word for “infrastructure” spending, albeit not on the scale of jaw-dropping madcap spending President Obama is constantly | Read More »

    The independent year

    When I talk with anyone who professes to be a political “independent,” I always ask what they imagine they’re still “independent” from.  There is less and less room for genuine independence in our dwindling private sector. Of course, the independent voter is generally more interested in declaring his liberation from the two major political parties.  Maybe he doesn’t like either of them, or dislikes the | Read More »

    Freedom is the only sustainable promise

    Decades of a hugely expensive War on Poverty, years of a rapidly expanding welfare state, and it seems like poverty is worse than ever.  Donald Lambro relates some melancholy statistics: It doesn’t get very much, if any, attention on the network news programs, but national poverty rates have been rising under the Obama administration over the last four years at least. According to the U.S. | Read More »