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Praise for Cato
“There is no institution that, person for person, dollar for dollar, idea for idea, has been
even close to the Cato Institute in advancing fundamental principles.”
—Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO FedEx Corporation
“The Cato Institute is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty in the nation that is the
foremost upholder of the idea of liberty.”
—George F. Will
“From privatizing Social Security to condemning corporate welfare, Cato seems to have moved
firmly into the forefront of contemporary thought.”
Making the Case
For more than a quarter century, the Cato Institute has been one of the most effective voices in Washington, D.C., advocating a smaller, less intrusive federal government. From media appearances, policy studies, and book publishing to Capitol Hill visits, conferences, and outreach to college students, the Cato Institute is a leading voice for individual liberty and limited government.
Impacting Public Policy
The Cato Institute provides a consistent voice for individual liberty and limited government in the Washington policy arena. Thanks to Cato’s work, journalists and policymakers understand that the ideals that animated the American Revolution are alive today, and that substantial numbers of Americans believe in those principles. Since 1977, Cato scholars have been influential in a range of policy debates, including Social Security reform, medical savings accounts, term limits, welfare reform, fundamental tax reform, free trade, constitutional rights in the courts, school choice, civil liberties, and foreign policy issues.
Promoting Principles of Liberty
The Cato Institute stands in defense of the traditional American principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Cato’s scholars emphasize the role the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution should have in the public policy debate and the importance of preserving the basic liberties that are the foundation of a free society.