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.


    Meek citizens, reduced expectations

    The sad tale of Jessica Sanford is sadly instructive, as well as a monumental P.R. disaster for the White House.  The story seems to have pushed some normally Obama-supporting media spinmasters over the edge, notably CNN, which is covering the fiasco in minute detail, including regular updates on its website.  Or are they trying to set Sanford up as a damsel in distress that Obama | Read More »

    This lawless era

    Not only does President Obama lack the legal authority to impose the “fix” for insurance cancellations he described on Thursday, but his entire proposal boils down to inviting insurance companies to violate federal law, and promising not to prosecute them for it. That’s not an oversimplification – it’s literally true.  The Affordable Care Act – which Obama has previously been fond of describing as “the settled | Read More »

    Capitalism can succeed where ObamaCare has failed

    There was a lot going on during President Obama’s shamefully tardy press conference today.  In the course of an hour, he packed in a ton of excuses, a weird takedown of his entire philosophy of government – don’t blame him, blame the system he demands your absolute obedience to! – a pile of gaffes that we’ll soon be seeing in Republican ads, and a last-ditch | Read More »

    Honest freedom

    At the New York Daily News, Michael Cohen presents the strongest form of a talking point liberals have thus far been cautious about deploying: Obama had to lie to us, for our own good, to bring us the wonder and glory of ObamaCare. In selling the health-care plan that bears his name, President Obama has, according to the fact-checking website Politifact, said at least 34 times that “if you like your | Read More »

    The working wage

    Every time I’ve gotten into a written or verbal discussion about minimum wage laws (or the relatively new crusade for a “living wage,” which is another exercise of compulsive power beyond what the law requires, premised on the idea that business owners who obey the minimum wage laws are nonetheless greedy villains) someone objects that people “deserve” so much better than the paltry whatever-dollars-per-hour, and | Read More »

    The single woman society

    The Virginia governor’s race was yet another example of the massive voting gap in a huge demographic: single people, particularly single women.  According to exit polls, Republican Ken Cuccinelli won handily on the “hard” issues facing Virginia voters, and won most other demographic slices, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe won big with single people, crushing Cuccinelli by nearly fifty points among single women. A similar dynamic could be | Read More »

    The illusion of choice

    Authoritarians who still have to face unruly voters at the ballot box find it very important to project the illusion of choice.  This is why statist programs like ObamaCare are always tarted up with capitalist language.  You were supposed to be happily “shopping” for the “best deal” on those electronic exchanges that don’t work.  Liberals love to portray government spending, and even taxation, as a form of “investment.”  The | Read More »

    Is “Ender’s Game” an anti-war film?

    (I’ll repeat this warning again in a moment, but the following will contain plot details of the book and movie “Ender’s Game,” following a brief review of the film.  If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, please don’t scroll past the movie poster.) The long-in-development film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 classic “Ender’s Game” finally reached theaters this weekend.  Fans of | Read More »

    Big Government once again turns on its Little Partners

    I’m going to use a loaded word in this post, so I want to get it out of the way right up front.  That word is fascism. We all know it’s bad – just about the worst thing a government can become, although I can think of a few million victims of communism who might argue the point, if we could use a Ouija board to | Read More »

    Choice and competition on the ObamaCare reservation

    I’ve always believed a key insight to public thinking about health-care reform is that they don’t want to think of it like any other free-market product, including the examples we might hold up as competitive success stories.  People don’t go bargain-hunting for health care with quite the same gusto that they’ll bring to the quest for a new car, or even a new pair of shoes.  The | Read More »

    ObamaCare is greed sanctified through politics

    Money gets a bad rap from some people, because it’s supposed to be the instrument of greed.  Wanting more money is said to be crass.  Indeed, in our modern political culture, wanting to keep your own money is treated as “greed.”  The noble and virtuous demands of the collective, as interpreted by a priesthood of politicians, completely trumps individual self-interest. But it’s easy to be greedy without | Read More »

    The high cost of ObamaCare deception

    President Obama’s Rose Garden press conference on the ObamaCare disaster featured a group of 13 human props, lined up on stage behind him to put a face on the alleged virtues of his health care scheme.  It turns out none of them had actually purchased an ObamaCare insurance plan, and only three of them had even completed the application process. What a perfect summary of the disastrous | Read More »

    The Tea Party vindication

    Tea Party supporters are supposed to be disheartened by how the great shutdown saga turned out.  We’re back where we started, following an expense of political capital that achieved nothing, with polls showing damage to the Republican “brand.”  Worse, the balance of power in our representative government has permanently shifted toward the executive branch.  The legislature is now virtually powerless.  Raising the debt ceiling is | Read More »

    Power and obedience

    There is nothing more pernicious than the illusion of liberty surviving, or even flourishing, alongside growing government power.  It doesn’t work that way, not once you get past the transition from anarchy to lawful government.  Personal liberty does not exist in a state of anarchy, because individuals can be defrauded, robbed, and killed at will by lone predators and organized gangs.  Some degree of government | Read More »

    Debt default: global threat, or greatest stimulus plan ever?

    The World Bank and International Monetary Fund declare themselves deeply troubled by the U.S. government shutdown crisis, and the looming possibility of “default.”  There is absolutely zero possibility of actual default, mind you.  Such a thing would only happen if President Barack Obama explicitly directed it, because there is a vast amount of spending the federal government could cut before it became necessary to think about defaulting | Read More »