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

How Liberal Courts Help Conservatives States Stay Free

By David Boaz. USA Today. August 19, 2016.

Obama’s Epic Failure to Curb Gun Violence

By Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff. Cato.org. August 19, 2016.

Why We Ranked NH as the Freest State in America

By Jason Sorens and William Ruger. New Hampshire Union Leader. August 17, 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

Flytenow, Inc. v. Federal Aviation Administration

By Ilya Shapiro, Berin Szoka, Randal John Meyer, & Thomas W. Struble. Legal Briefs. July 25, 2016.

Brott v. United States

By Luke Wake, Ilya Shapiro, and C. Thomas Ludden. Legal Briefs. July 5, 2016.

Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

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

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

Freedom in the 50 States

Featuring . August 15, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

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.