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


Why Texas Is Wrong in the ‘One Person, One Vote’ Case

By Ilya Shapiro. Washington Post (Online). October 20, 2015.

Using ‘Hate’ Label with Crimes against Cops Goes Too Far

By Walter Olson. StarTribune. October 18, 2015.

Relax, Minnesota: REAL ID Deadline Isn’t for Real

By Jim Harper. StarTribune. September 30, 2015.

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

Mendoza v. Nordstrom

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

Brown v. Buhman

By Eugene Volokh and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. August 28, 2015.

Commonwealth v. Lucas

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Gabriel Latner, & David Duncan. Legal Briefs. April 24, 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.


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.