Christopher Roach

About Christopher Roach

Christopher Roach is an attorney in private practice based in Florida. He is a double graduate of the University of Chicago and has previously been published by The Federalist, Takimag, The Journal of Property Rights in Transition, the Washington Legal Foundation, the Marine Corps Gazette, and the Orlando Sentinel. The views presented are solely his own.

The Elite Pulls Up the Ladders Behind Them

The recent college admissions scandal is something to behold. While it’s always been known that wealthy alumni might bestow a small leg-up for their progeny through well-timed gifts, the unvarnished cheating on tests, bribes to coaches and admissions personnel, and the shameless participation of wealthy parents truly removes all pretense that the system

By |2019-03-19T08:47:28-07:00March 18th, 2019|

Retreat, Regroup, and Reinvest in a Realist Foreign Policy

Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the United States to renegotiate its orientation to the rest of the world. Partisans have sniped in contradictory ways, criticizing him both as a warmonger and a naïve peacenik, but they rarely offer thoughtful alternatives to the course Trump has taken. Trump’s foreign policy has two sides, both

By |2019-03-06T15:51:16-07:00March 4th, 2019|

Would New York Really Benefit from Amazon?

Quite a few “I-told-you-so” articles have appeared in the conservative and business press piling on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who opposed Amazon’s planned relocation of its second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. The deal was controversial because it entailed extensive subsidies that have long raised the ire of the libertarian Right

By |2019-02-26T21:09:26-07:00February 25th, 2019|

Why Trump is Losing

It is hard for Trump’s strongest supporters not to feel demoralized at the moment. Democrats took over the House of Representatives. President Trump tried and failed in a game of chicken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over funding of the wall. His State of the Union was well received, but marked a

By |2019-02-19T12:54:58-07:00February 18th, 2019|

Who’s Afraid of Socialism?

As Democrats now openly flirt with programs like a $30 minimum wage, Medicare for All, confiscatory tax rates for top earners, and a “Green New Deal” their hard left turn is no longer a matter for esoteric discernment. It’s fairly clear. Yet, using a well-worn playbook, Republicans can only lamely counter that these

By |2019-02-12T21:10:53-07:00February 11th, 2019|

Ideas Have Consequences

For those who came of age during the postwar era of “movement conservatism,” there was something of a canon of serious books that provided common reference points to the movement and its intellectuals. These included works from the early contributors to National Review, including Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind and Robert Nisbet’s The

By |2019-02-05T13:11:03-07:00February 4th, 2019|

The Left Won’t Allow a Peaceful Separation

Our Constitution has long accommodated the reality that different communities have different ways of life. They want different rules, have distinct expectations, and each would feel the imposition of the rule of its neighbors as an intrusive affront. This is not just the principle of federalism but the broader principle of liberty: we

By |2019-01-21T20:28:23-07:00January 21st, 2019|

What Happened to the Peace Party?

The Democrats used to be the peace party. While Democratic presidents led our entry into both World Wars and endorsed containment during the early stages of the Cold War, since Vietnam the Democrats have favored a more consensus-oriented foreign policy that takes a dim view of American military intervention. They were critical of

By |2019-01-16T21:55:24-07:00January 15th, 2019|