John Hayward

National Security Deputy Editor

John Hayward

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I'm a conservative because there is so much about the American tradition that is worth conserving. I worry that people aren't as frightened of authoritarians and totalitarians as they should be. Freedom and capitalism are inseparable, because without capitalism, freedom just means shouting your opinion and hoping somebody important is listening.

National security, technology, global political and economic strategy

Associate in Arts, Edison Community College, 1986

Hayward has been a writer for Breitbart News Network since 2013. Prior to that, he worked for two decades in computers and business consulting before becoming an amateur blogger under the pseudonym "Doctor Zero" for Hot Air. As he developed a large following, he also received criticism for being an anonymous voice, so he decided to reveal his full name and go public. Shortly thereafter, he began doing radio interviews across the country for his writing and was contacted by Human Events in Washington, D.C. to become a full-time professional columnist.

Management at Breitbart News noticed his work and invited him to join Hayward jumped at the opportunity to "join a platform with so much reach, to be a part of something so huge."

Hayward's work has been cited by radio and television outlets from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to Fox News. His essays have been incorporated into several high school and college textbooks, and he gives occasional lectures on media analysis and writing online. He frequently guest-hosts Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM channel 125, the Patriot Channel.

Articles by John Hayward

China Mocks Biden’s Inability to Handle Hawaii Fires

Chinese state media this week gleefully mocked President Joe Biden for bungling the response to Hawaii’s wildfires. Editorials pushed the Communist Party narrative that only authoritarian governments can handle disasters of such magnitude, and taunted the U.S. for prioritizing military spending over disaster response.

Burned cars and destroyed buildings are pictured in the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, western Maui, Hawaii on August 11, 2023. A wildfire that left Lahaina in charred ruins has killed at least 55 people, authorities said on August 10, making it one of the deadliest disasters in the …

Afghan Girls Defy Taliban Ban on Education with Secret Schools

Girls in Afghanistan are bypassing the fanatical Taliban’s cruel ban on education for young women by attending secret schools, some of them run by female teachers — an occupation the Taliban also banned after President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal two years ago.

Afghan school girls attend their classroom on the first day of the new school year, in Kabul, Saturday, March 25, 2023. The new Afghan educational year started in Afghanistan, while high school remained closed for girls for the second year after Taliban returned to power in 2021. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Biden Admin Shuts Down Embassy in Lawless Haiti Due to Gunfire

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti was closed on Tuesday due to nearby gunfire in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Haiti has been torn by gang violence and near-anarchy ever since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021.

Haiti police on patrol keep their eyes on traffic during a stop at a police checkpoint in Tabarre, near the U.S. Embassy, just east of metropolitan Port-au-Prince. The powerful 400 Mawozo gang and its allies are trying to extend their control to the area. (Jose A. Iglesias/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service …

Former Rebel Leader Launches Anti-Coup Movement in Niger

Rhissa Ag Boula, a former leader in Niger’s Tuareg uprisings three decades ago, announced on Wednesday he is forming a Council of Resistance for the Republic (CRR) to oppose the ruling junta and restore President Mohamed Bazoum to power.

Former Tuareg rebel leader, Rhissa Ag Boula, who is close to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, poses on July 20, 2011 in the northern city of Agadez. In mid-July, some 200 Tuareg rebels made peace with the Nigerien government. The Tuaregs and the government decided to ally in the north of …

China’s Imports and Exports Plunge Beneath Expectations in July

China’s faltering economy took another beating in July, as both import and export numbers came far below expectations. Imports fell 12.4 percent instead of the five-percent slide that was expected, while exports dropped 14.5 percent against an expected 12.5 percent.

LIANYUNGANG, CHINA - AUGUST 3, 2023 - Aerial photo shows cargo loading and unloading at a container terminal in Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province, China, August 3, 2023. According to statistics, from January to July, Lianyungang Port completed 175,089,300 tons of cargo throughput, an increase of 10.97%. Containers completed 3.40,500 TEU, …

South Korea Logs Second Random Stabbing Spree in Two Days

South Korean police announced increased patrols, stop-and-search operations on the streets, and other precautions after the relatively placid country’s second knife rampage in two days and a string of attacks and threats over the past three weeks.

Police officers patrol at Ori subway station following Thursday's attack in Seongnam, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023. South Korean police detained a man suspected of stabbing a high school teacher with a knife Friday in the city of Daejeon. The stabbing follows a separate, apparently random attack on Thursday …