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


Stop Attacking Uber for Lax Safety Standards

By Matthew Feeney. Washington Post. December 19, 2014.

Eric Garner Could Spark American Spring

By David Boaz. USA Today. December 5, 2014.

A Constitutional Amendment on Marriage

By Laura W. Murphy and Robert A. Levy. Washington Times. November 20, 2014.

Cato Studies

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.

Reducing Livability: How Sustainability Planning Threatens the American Dream

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 740. October 28, 2013.

50 Vetoes: How States Can Stop the Obama Health Care Law

By Michael F. Cannon. White Paper. March 21, 2013.

Public Filings

Hickenlooper v. Kerr

By Ilya Shapiro, Julio Colomba, David B. Kopel & Manuel S. Klausner. Legal Briefs. November 20, 2014.

Liberty Coins, LLC v. Goodman

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus and Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. November 6, 2014.

Robicheaux v. Caldwell

By Elizabeth Wydra, David H. Gans and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. October 24, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Tight Budgets Constrain Some Regulatory Agencies, but Not All

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

Is State ‘Right to Try’ Legislation Misguided Policy?

Thomas A. Hemphill. Regulation. Fall 2014.

Reining in Antitrust Immunity

Timothy Sandefur. Regulation. Fall 2014.


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

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

How Nations Prosper: Economic Freedom and Doing Business in 2007

Featuring James D. Gwartney and James D. Gwartney. September 21, 2006. Book Forum.

The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money

Featuring Stephen Slivinski. July 18, 2006. Book Forum.