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

Report: Hundreds of Wagner Mercenaries Arrive in Central African Republic

A Russian paramilitary group called COSI said in a Sunday post on the messaging platform Telegram that hundreds of “experienced” Wagner Group mercenaries are pouring into the Central African Republic (CAR) to “ensure security” ahead of a July 30 referendum that could give President Faustin-Archange Touadera a third term in office.

This undated photograph handed out by French military shows three Russian mercenaries, right, in northern Mali. Russia's Wagner Group, a private military company led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a rogue millionaire with longtime links to Russia's President Vladimir Putin, has played a key role in the fighting in Ukraine and also …

Reports: North Korean Forces Detain American Soldier Who Crossed Border

The United Nations Command announced on Tuesday that communist North Korea detained an American citizen after he reportedly crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), the border between North and South Korea. A senior U.S. official told Fox News on Tuesday morning that the individual is an American soldier.

South Korea's military has fired warning shots at North Korean guards searching for a soldier who defected. The DMZ is one of the world's most heavily guarded strips of land.

‘Pedophobia’: China Shames the Childless as Birth Rates Collapse

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday claimed birth rates have collapsed, putting China into a demographic death spiral, because “pedophobia” has been spread across the Internet in a sinister conspiracy to make young couples afraid of having children.

Visitors gather to look at the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, a month before the opening of the Olympic Games, in Beijing Tuesday July 8, 2008. With one month to go before the Olympics open on Aug. 8, Beijing was putting the final touches to its preparations Tuesday, …

Africa’s Largest Economy Declares ‘Food Security’ Emergency

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu on Thursday declared a “state of emergency on food security” due to swiftly rising prices. Nigeria is the largest economy on the African continent, although it’s per capita income is about half of the number two economy, Egypt.

A trader display farm produce at Wuse Market, Abuja, Nigeria, on August 17, 2021. - Threatened by insecurity, farmers in Nigeria's farm belt are increasingly abandoning their land, leading to supply problems and adding to the already high cost of food in Africa's most populous country. Nigeria's Middle Belt and …

U.N. Says Displaced Population from Sudan War Passes Three Million

The U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated on Wednesday that the number of people displaced by the vicious factional war in Sudan has exceeded 3 million, with some 2.4 of them displaced internally and 730,000 crossing into other countries to seek refuge.

Women from Murle ethnic group wait in a line for a food distribution by United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Gumuruk, South Sudan, on June 10, 2021, as their village where recently attacked by armed youth group. - An escalation in conflict has led to the displacement of thousands …

Philippines OKs ‘Barbie’ Screenings – with China Propaganda Map Blurred Out

The Philippines Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) announced on Wednesday it will allow the upcoming Barbie film starring Margot Robbie to be released, but only if a “cartoonish” map that resembles China’s “Nine-Dash Line” propaganda map of the South China Sea is digitally blurred out.

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Zelensky Fumes as NATO Mulls Non-Member Deal for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appears to be unhappy with reports that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit currently underway in Vilnius, Lithuania will culminate with an offer of increased support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion, but not an offer of full membership in NATO.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomeos (not seen) pose for a photo as they speak to press after attending the mass led by the Patriarch at the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, in Istanbul, Turkiye on July 08, 2023. (Photo by Berk Ozkan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

China: Six Dead in Latest Kindergarten Stabbing Spree

The latest in a string of knife and bomb attacks on Chinese schools took place in the southern province of Guangdong on Monday morning, as a 25-year-old man used a knife to assault a privately operated kindergarten. A city government spokeswoman said a teacher, two parents, and three students were killed in the attack.


Xi Jinping Poses with Troops Across Taiwan as Janet Yellen Arrives in Beijing

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping paid a visit to the headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command in Nanjing on Thursday, encouraging his troops to keep up military pressure on Taiwan even as U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was arriving in Beijing for an official visit.

hinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, meets with representatives of officers and soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command and has group photos with them during his inspection of the …

Report: Human Rights Atrocities ‘Prevalent’ in China’s Global ‘Green’ Mining

A report published by the Business & Human Rights Resource Center (BHRRC) on Wednesday accused Chinese companies of more than a hundred human rights and environmental abuses at the mines where China produces much of the world’s supply of “green energy” minerals, such as lithium, cobalt, copper, and various rare earths.


Chinese Ambassador Meets Treasury Secretary Yellen Ahead of Beijing Trip

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with Chinese Ambassador Xie Feng on Monday, ahead of Yellen’s scheduled trip to Beijing this weekend. According to Chinese state media, Xie strove to send a “clear and positive message” that China is ready to improve bilateral relations.

Janet Yellen, US Treasury secretary, arrives at the Johns Hopkins Universitys School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Yellen said the Biden administration was prepared to accept economic costs as it sought to protect US national security interests from threats posed by …