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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.

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    We get the government we submit to

    An old chestnut holds that we get the government we deserve.  To some degree, that’s true.  The American public has a huge amount of theoretical leverage over its Ruling Class.  Broadly speaking, no nominally free population can be eternally bound by any system of laws it profoundly disagrees with.  Any aspect of law or government could be changed.  The Constitution has been amended many times. But as a practical | Read More »

    Government by demand

    The laws of supply and demand are beautiful things – expressions of logic as elementary as the basic laws of physics, which govern everything except the more unruly subatomic particles, which thumb their noses at laws, dress like slobs, and listen to the kind of music that drives their parent atoms crazy. Supply and demand even applies to the use of government power, although the | Read More »

    Righteous incompetence

    As the astonishing TV show “Breaking Bad” reaches its conclusion, there have been many fine efforts to dissect the morality and philosophy of the show, with Jonah Goldberg’s lengthy dissertation at National Review a standout.  It’s a testament to the brilliant writing and acting on the show to find so much thoughtful commentary.  The main character, Walter White – as masterfully portrayed by Bryan Cranston – | Read More »

    Nancy Pelosi says the federal cupboard is bare, there are no more spending cuts to make

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi swung by CNN’s State of the Nation to assure America that austerity has run its course, the budget has been cut to the bone, and there isn’t a penny left to pinch from Uncle Sam’s moth-filled wallet.  ”The cupboard is bare.  There’s no more cuts to make,” Pelosi gibbered.  ”It’s really important that people understand that.  We all want to reduce | Read More »

    The Left feasts upon the blood of youth

    Generation Opportunity has a new anti-Obama ad that uses a memorably creepy image to get people talking: There has been some criticism of the ad for this disturbing imagery, but I think it’s just the ticket to appeal to the youthful appetite for sarcasm and viral media.  The campaign against ObamaCare trumpeted by this ad is based at a web site called OptOut.org, which delcares: | Read More »

    Make ObamaCare defenders know they’ve been in a fight

    Consider this a companion piece to “Fighting the good fight against ObamaCare.”  A few correspondents pointed out that bills to defund or delay ObamaCare are not likely to get past the Senate, and there’s no way President Obama will sign them.  That’s a fair point… but it’s not a reason to give up without even trying. On the contrary, it’s vitally important to make the | Read More »

    Fighting the good fight against ObamaCare

    This is no time to go wobbly, Republicans.  President Obama’s horrifying failure in Syria has left him dazed and adrift.  He shuffled onstage within hours of a deadly shooting rampage in D.C. to launch tone-deaf slashing partisan attacks on Republicans, leading even a number of mainstream media cheerleaders to nervously fumble with their pom-poms and wonder what the hell he was thinking.  I notice a | Read More »

    Water is not “free”

    Fresh off a triumphant childhood obesity campaign that left school children in open rebellion against her tiny, unappetizing school lunches, our First Lady – an unelected, unvetted, unconfirmed, unqualified national Minister of Health – has embarked on a crusade to make people drink more water.  The splashy rollout of this campaign met immediately with resistance from the same grumpy, fact-obsessed realists who have interfered with | Read More »

    America’s exceptional faith

    Today we got to enjoy Vladimir Putin’s critique of American exceptionalism at the New York Times: My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. | Read More »

    Do NOT bring Mom and Dad to your job interview

    I’m reasonably certain this is not a prank, because the Wall Street Journal doesn’t usually run gag articles, outside of April Fool’s Day.  The title of this one is enough to make you gag: “Should You Bring Mom and Dad to Your Job Interview?” Millennials—people born between 1981 and the early 2000s—are much closer to their parents than previous generations, and they have gained a reputation for | Read More »

    Libya: Obama’s other foreign-policy disaster

    The Weekly Standard offers a glum assessment of Obama’s fiasco in Syria: “With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East.” Reset with Russia was originally a strategic priority for the Obama administration because it saw Moscow as the key to getting Iran to come to the negotiating table. Putin, from the White House’s perspective, was destined | Read More »

    Illegitimate states, dubious wars, and diplomacy by gaffe

    Let’s see if I’ve got this right: our headlong rush to war in Syria was so important that not even the U.S. Constitution could be allowed to stand in its way.  But at the eleventh hour, President Obama decided he needed some accomplices in case it turns into a fiasco, and the British Parliament vote against was in Syria made unilateral cowboy aggression by Obama | Read More »

    Blame vs. responsibility

    The New Yorker has a long, fascinating piece by Ariel Levy on the Steubenville, West Virginia rape case – a confusing affair in which teenage drinking, old town culture, and New Media hysteria combined to produce an incomprehensible mess.  The basic outlines of the case are clear enough, as a teenage girl drank enough to pass out, and was mistreated by a group of high-school athletes.  It’s | Read More »

    Selling your labor

    Much of the discussion at the 2013 Defending the American Dream summit in Orlando, Florida concerned the importance of cultural engagement.  Bill Whittle gave a riotously funny, but also very thoughtful, speech about the difficulty of doing battle with a popular culture that portrays some element of the conservative movement or Republican Party as the villain in every story and song. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) | Read More »

    Clean living, pure thought, and high aspirations

    It has been sad, but predictable, to watch a parade of leftist hacks draft the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. into service this week, to promote some bit of Democrat Party dogma or other.  Impeached former President Bill Clinton took the cake by uncorking a bizarre finger-wagging rant that was presumably intended to slam voter-ID laws by comparing them to the process of purchasing | Read More »