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 burden of truth

    How are ObamaCare enrollments coming along?  The correct answer is: nobody knows. By this I mean no one who knows the answer with better than 75 percent accuracy is willing to say so in public.  This week the Administration updated its official count to 3.3 million enrollments.  This number is absolutely false, and everyone knows it.  Industry experts believe more than 20 percent of the enrollments counted by | Read More »

    An appetite for domination

    Author Brad Thor tied together a couple of creepy media sideshows in a Tweet this afternoon: Wow, between this and Geraldo’s “Majesty” comment re: #Obama on @oreillyfactor… NBC producer: #BOWDOWN — Brad Thor (@BradThor) February 12, 2014 The first incident Thor referred to was Geraldo Rivera scolding fellow Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly for daring to ask Barack Obama serious questions during his pre-Super | Read More »

    Who will save us from debt lock?

    Today’s word of Republican capitulation on the “clean” debt increase might be defensible as don’t-rock-the-boat political strategy for 2014, but it’s pretty sad from a philosophical standpoint.  All the Beltway solons agree that compelling even the tiniest bit of spending restraint in exchange for another debt hike is impossible.  It would be a costly political conflict leading to shutdown brinksmanship, said to be a sure | Read More »

    Erasing your identity

    Moe Lane earlier discussed the remarkable hypocrisy of a march against voter ID in North Carolina requiring participants to bring their photo ID cards to the event.  I’m not sure “hypocrisy” is quite the right word, although it has been widely used in connection with this story.  The charge of hypocrisy would imply the North Carolina activists (well, actually, they bused in manpower from across | Read More »

    Statism: the distilled essence of pessimism

    While I writing to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan, I found myself reflecting on his good cheer and optimism.  Liberals hated him for that.  No one born after the Reagan years can really appreciate how much his confident humor got under the skin of his opponents, who caricatured him as an “amiable dunce” because he was upbeat.  (If you’re old enough to have lived through the | Read More »

    Family honor

    The value of intact families has been vigorously debated for the past few years, always in the muted tones appropriate to social-issues discussions the Left doesn’t like.  There is little question that broken families and illegitimacy are enormous handicaps for children; controlling for illegitimacy greatly reduces every other demographic factor in crime and poverty.  The upper class in America tends to marry young, have children, | Read More »

    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 »