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

Philippines to Expel 2,800 Chinese Nationals for Overstaying Visas

Philippine Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said on Tuesday that roughly 2,800 Chinese nationals granted “visas upon arrival” under a program to encourage Chinese tourism have overstayed their visas and will now be expelled from the country.

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Iran Holds International Webinar on American Decline

Iran’s Expediency Council, a religious advisory council with quasi-legislative powers, and Imam Hossein University held an international webinar on Tuesday to discuss “why the era when the U.S. was the world’s superpower is in the past, and how Washington’s policies have had a negative effect on the world,” as Iran’s state-run PressTV put it. 

Iranian women display religious symbols written on the palms of their hands during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2019, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. - On November 4, 1979, less than nine months after the …

Chinese Media Threaten to Bomb Taiwan’s U.S.-Made Weapons

China’s state-run Global Times issued the latest denunciation of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan on Tuesday, adding a threat to deliver the “ultimate warning” by sending the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to “destroy” the weapons Taiwan purchased from America.

HUALIEN, TAIWAN: A ground crew of Taiwan's air force prepares to load a Sparrow air-to-air missile onto an F-16 fighter deployed in the eastern Hualien airbase, 17 August 2004. The air force confirmed it had carried out its first test firing of US-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles in a display of …

Russia Imposes National Mask Mandate

Russia reinstated its national mask mandate on Tuesday as coronavirus cases mounted, restoring a rule first imposed in the spring and lifted in July, when the number of Chinese coronavirus cases was said to be declining.

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China in Meltdown Mode over U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan

Chinese government officials and state media were livid about American arms sales to Taiwan this week, vowing retaliation against the United States and punitive sanctions for every American company involved in the sales.

Chinas President Xi Jinping speaks to Russia's President Vladimir Putin via a video link, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 2, 2019. (Photo by Noel CELIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Hayward: Trump’s 2016 Campaign Promise Scorecard on China

President Donald Trump talked about China a great deal during his 2016 campaign. His first term featured some very high-profile economic, security, and diplomatic conflicts with Communist China, culminating in the biggest event of 2020, the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. How well does his first-term scorecard on China line up with his 2016 campaign promises?

In this Nov. 12, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace, in Hanoi, Vietnam. President Trump is offering to mediate in the South China Sea disputes, while his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is playing down China’s military buildup in the disputed waters. …

China Sanctions Lockheed Martin, Boeing over Arms Sales to Taiwan

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that China will impose unspecified sanctions against Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Raytheon, and other “individuals and companies who behaved badly in the process of arms sales” to Taiwan.

US-made M60A3 tanks fire artillery during the annual Han Kuang military drills in Taichung on July 16, 2020. - The five-day "Han Kuang" (Han Glory) military drills starting on July 14 aimed to test how the armed forces would repel an invasion from China, which has vowed to bring Taiwan …

Taiwanese Official Lays Out China’s Plan to ‘Terminate Taiwan as It Is’

Gen. Vincent Wen-fan Chen, deputy director of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau, warned in the current issue of the Indo-Pacific Defense Forum magazine that Communist China is moving forward on a long-established plan to solve its Taiwanese “problem” by “terminating Taiwan as it is.”

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, right, and Yu Shyi-kun, speaker of the Legislative Yuan, cheer with audience during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. President Tsai said Saturday she has hopes for less tensions with China and in the region if …

Nigerian Police Open Fire as Angry Mob Sets Bus Station on Fire

Nigerian paramilitary police reportedly opened fire on protesters in several cities on Tuesday, killing and injuring dozens of people, including bystanders. Eyewitness claimed they also saw military troops in camouflage uniforms shooting at the demonstrators, while the Nigerian Army denied those reports. The demonstrators were protesting against police brutality, particularly by a federal paramilitary unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality, in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. After 13 days of protests against police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city as moves are made to stop growing violence. (AP Photo/Sunday …

U.S. Customs: China Using Forced Labor in Inner Mongolia

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice on Tuesday that accused a Chinese company of using “convict, forced, or indentured labor” to manufacture products that could be exported to the United States. The company in questioned is directly owned by the Chinese government.

In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties …

Emails: Hunter Biden Cut Deals with Shady Now-Defunct ‘House of Cards’ Chinese Company

Some of the emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop by the New York Post last week illuminate the ties between the son of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and a bankrupt Chinese energy company called CEFC China Energy. The owner of CEFC, Ye Jianming, was among the most ambitious of Chinese tycoons before his business empire collapsed and he vanished into the Communist nation’s shadowy prison system.

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