Lawmakers at all levels of government have shown increasing contempt for personal responsibility and an increasing tendency to employ the power of the state to influence behavior. Government today pressures us to avoid risks, even risks that many of us knowingly and willingly take. What we eat, drink, or otherwise put into our bodies; what we do with our bodies; the people we choose to sleep with and how we choose to sleep with them; and what health, financial, or safety risks we elect to take simply are not legitimate concerns of the state. Individual Americans will make better decisions about risk and lifestyle when they and they alone bear the consequences of those decisions.

More on State and Local Regulations

Commentary

Should Airbnb Use the First Amendment as a Shield in Regulatory Fights?

By Matthew Feeney. Forbes.com. June 30, 2016.

With Soda Tax, Philly Chooses Cycle of Failure

By Walter Olson. philly.com. June 27, 2016.

New York Lawmakers Are Waging War on the Sharing Economy

By Matthew Feeney. New York Post (Online). June 22, 2016.

Cato Studies

Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons: Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth

By Brink Lindsey. White Paper. June 22, 2015.

Is Ridesharing Safe?

By Matthew Feeney. Policy Analysis No. 767. January 27, 2015.

State-Based Visas: A Federalist Approach to Reforming U.S. Immigration Policy

By Brandon Fuller and Sean Rust. Policy Analysis No. 748. April 23, 2014.

Public Filings

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

By Ilya Shapiro and Frank Garrison. Legal Briefs. June 15, 2016.

Delano Farms Company v. California Table Grape Commission

By Bradley A. Benbrook, Stephen M. Duvernay, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. January 8, 2016.

Mendoza v. Nordstrom

By Luke Wake, Ilya Shapiro, and Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 20, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Can ‘Planning’ Deregulate Land Use?

Roderick M. Hills Jr. and David Schleicher. Regulation. Fall 2015.

The Menu Labeling Morass

Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins. Policy Report. Summer 2015.

Tight Budgets Constrain Some Regulatory Agencies, but Not All

Susan E. Dudley and Melinda Warren. Regulation. Fall 2014.

Events

Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation

Featuring Mark A. Calabria. October 15, 2015. Book Forum.

How Should Ridesharing Be Regulated?

Featuring Matthew Feeney and Brink Lindsey. February 10, 2015. Policy Forum.

Back to Enron: Were the Wrong Lessons Learned for Corporate Governance and Energy Policy?

Featuring William A. Niskanen. October 30, 2008. Book Forum.