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


The Unintended Consequences of the American Way of Science

By Patrick J. Michaels. Investor’s Business Daily. September 26, 2014.

Hobby Lobby Isn’t Today’s Most Important Case

By Michael F. Cannon. USA Today. March 25, 2014.

Are Recreational Pot’s Low Tax Numbers Worrisome? No

By Jeffrey Miron. Denver Post. March 21, 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

Robicheaux v. Caldwell

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

De Leon v. Perry

By Elizabeth Wydra and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. September 17, 2014.

Baskin v. Bogan, Fujii v. Commissioner of Revenue, and Lee v. Abbott

By Elizabeth Wydra and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. August 6, 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.