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 Breitbart.com. 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 Sends Record Number of Warplanes into Taiwanese Airspace

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China sent a record number of warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Saturday and Sunday, an intimidating display staged only a few days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden in the United States.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 01: Planes from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force fly in formation during a massive parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China October 1, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Wang He/Getty Images)

Navalny Protests Sweep Russia, Western Nations Denounce Mass Arrests

Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny got the massive demonstrations he asked for over the weekend, as gigantic crowds assembled in most of Russia’s major cities, prompting an equally massive crackdown from the police against “unsanctioned” public events.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 23: Protesters hold a banner reading "FREE NAVALNY" as some 2,500 supporters of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny march in protest to demand his release from prison in Moscow on January 23, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. The protesters marched from the federal chancellery through the Russian …

China Reports Mask Business Boom Since Biden Inauguration

China’s state-run Global Times reported on Friday that Chinese manufacturers of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are receiving an avalanche of orders from the United States and are “more than ready” to supply whatever is needed to help the Biden administration’s “serious fight” against the Wuhan coronavirus.

China exported 3.86 billion masks and almost 40 million pieces of protective clothing since March 1

China Insists Sanctions Against Pompeo, Other Trump Officials Will Bring ‘Real Pain’

Chinese state media insisted Thursday that a blizzard of last-minute sanctions against departing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump administration officials was not just an act of petty vengeance, but punishment for having “seriously violated” China’s sovereignty that will bring “real pain” to the targets.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks on "China challenge to US national security and academic freedom," December 9, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. - Pompeo on Wednesday urged US universities to scrutinize China's assistance and students, warning that Beijing was set on stealing innovation. "If we don't educate ourselves, if …

Iran Ramps Up Oil Production to Pre-Sanctions Levels

Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia said Friday that Iran is beginning to ramp up oil production, and within two months it will reach levels comparable to its production before U.S. sanctions the Trump administration imposed in 2018.

A picture taken on March 12, 2017, shows an oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai Cancels Surgeries as Coronavirus Surges

The government of Dubai on Wednesday sent an order to every hospital and private clinic in the country instructing them to cancel all procedures except those with “medical urgency” so resources can go to combat a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak.

A picture taken on July 19, 2020 shows Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure and building in the world since 2009 (total heigh with antenna of 829.8 metres), ahead of the expected launch of the United Arab Emirates "Hope" Mars probe. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE …

Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy to U.S. for Dehumanizing Uyghur Women

In a rare move against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Twitter locked the account of the Chinese embassy to the United States on Tuesday because the embassy posted a tweet in January that dehumanized Uyghur women by referring to them as “baby-making machines.”

View of the Uyghur village of Tuyog, with a mosque and mountains on the background, Xinjiang region, China.

Imprisoned Russian Dissident Navalny Publishes Putin Corruption Report

Alexei Navalny, swiftly jailed upon returning to Russia after months of treatment in Germany for exposure to chemical weapons while he was in Siberia, released a report Tuesday accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of embezzling public funds to build his lavish estate on the Black Sea coast.

A still image taken from an AFPTV footage shows opposition leader Alexei Navalny attending a rally calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections, Moscow, January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexandra Dalsbaek (Photo credit should read ALEXANDRA DALSBAEK/AFP/Getty Images)

China Punishes over a Dozen Officials in Face of Coronavirus Failure

The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to minimize the latest wave of coronavirus infections have not been successful. So, on Tuesday, the northeastern province of Heilongjiang made a show of chastising 16 officials for “neglecting their duties in the viral fight,” as the state-run Global Times put it.

Health workers go back to work after after a break at La Fe hospital on March 25, 2020, in Valencia. - Spain has signed a multi-million-euro contract with China to acquire medical supplies to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the health minister said today. Worth some 432 million euros ($467 million), …

U.S. Completes Troop Withdrawal from Somalia

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced on Sunday that the United States has effectively completed “repositioning” troops from Somalia in accordance with a directive issued by President Donald Trump in December.

U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Martin, junior sniper, assigned to the 1-186th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Guardian, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, provides security for a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) C-130J Super Hercules during unloading operations at an unidentified location in Somalia Sunday, June 28, 2020. No …

After Chinese Vaccine Fails, China Launches Smear Campaign Against Pfizer

A few days after attempting to dismiss disappointing test results from Brazil on China’s Sinovac vaccine candidate for the Chinese coronavirus, Chinese state media turned to attacking Sinovac’s American competitors Pfizer and Moderna, calling for a worldwide ban on Pfizer’s vaccine after 23 elderly Norwegians died, ostensibly from reactions to the Pfizer shots.

Chinese health care workers and volunteers wear protective clothing as they register people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on January 15, 2021 in Beijing, China. With at least 5 homegrown vaccines nearing approval, China says it will vaccinate 50 million people …

China Blocks W.H.O. Inspectors Again

Chinese officials on Thursday blocked two members of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) team investigating the origins of the Chinese coronavirus from entering China.

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China Argues Its Own Coronavirus Boom Makes America Look Bad

“History will remember China’s achievements and U.S.’ shames in Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] battle,” declared the first of a string of editorials in Chinese state media on Wednesday and Thursday that presented the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic as a stepping stone to greatness for China and a gravestone for the American century.

People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus watch a walrus show at Haichang Ocean Park in Wuhan on November 23, 2020. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Hong Kong Shuts Down Dissident Websites After Mass Arrests

Internet service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) confirmed Thursday that it blocked access to a pro-democracy news website called HKChronicles under orders from the city’s Beijing-controlled government.

A man wears protective face masks walk past a Chinese national flag on a street in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb, 3, 2020. In Hong Kong, thousands of health care workers were threatening to go on strike Tuesday unless the government agrees to talks before a 6 p.m. Monday deadline. Hong …

Taliban Chief Orders Officials to Cut Back to One Wife to Save Money

Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, chief of the Afghan Taliban, has instructed his top officials to “avoid second, third, and fourth marriage if there is no need.” Constant requests from Taliban officials for extra money to pay for multiple wives reportedly prompted the order.

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R, bottom) speaks during the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha on September 12, 2020. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)