The United States is the freest country in the world, yet American liberties are increasingly violated, limited, or circumscribed by government as it expands into every corner of civil society. The federal government today limits our political speech, subjects us to more wiretapping than ever before, criminalizes more activities every year, interferes with the content of broadcasting, and assumes unprecedented police and prosecutorial powers. The best way to protect civil liberties is to rein in the scope and power of the federal government and begin to return the federal government to its constitutional limits.

More on Civil Liberties


America’s Border Wars: What the Border Patrol Doesn’t Want You to Know

By Patrick G. Eddington. The Hill (Online). February 2, 2019.

If You Value Privacy, Resist Any Form of National ID Cards

By Matthew Feeney. Washington Examiner. November 28, 2018.

True Islam Does Not Kill Blasphemers

By Mustafa Akyol. The New York Times. November 21, 2018.

Cato Studies

Drones on the Border: Efficacy and Privacy Implications

By David Bier and Matthew Feeney. Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 5. May 1, 2018.

The New National ID Systems

By Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 831. January 30, 2018.

Commercial Speech and the Values of Free Expression

By Martin H. Redish. Policy Analysis No. 813. June 19, 2017.


Can a Surfeit of Statutes “Accommodate” Religious Liberty?

Roger Pilon. Deep Commitments: The Past., Present., and Future of Religious Liberty. 2017.

Public Schooling and Religious Equality Cannot Coexist

Neal McCluskey. Deep Commitments: The Past., Present., and Future of Religious Liberty. 2017.

Final Thoughts

Ilya Shapiro. Deep Commitments: The Past., Present., and Future of Religious Liberty. 2017.

Public Filings

The American Legion v. American Humanist Association

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Patrick Moran, & Michael Finch. Legal Briefs. December 24, 2018.

Cisse v. New York

By Scott M. Danner, Priya Raghavan, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. December 11, 2018.

Examining Warrantless Smartphone Searches at the Border

By Matthew Feeney. Testimony. July 11, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Administrative Threat to Civil Liberties

Philip Hamburger. Supreme Court Review. 2017-2018.

Defending Speech for All

Policy Report. March/April 2018.

It’s Not Just a Cake

Robert A. Levy. Policy Report. March/April 2018.


America’s Border Wars: Inside the Constitution-free Zone

Featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Jennifer Johnson, Terry Bressi, & Chris Montoya. February 4, 2019. Policy Forum.

Solomon’s Decree: Conflicts in Adoption and Child Placement Policy

Featuring Walter Olson, Stephanie Barclay, Sarah Warbelow, Robin Fretwell Wilson, Rabbi David Saperstein, Elizabeth Bartholet, Margaret Brinig, Mark Montgomery, Irene Powell, & Ryan Hanlon. July 19, 2018. Conference.

NAACP v. Alabama after 60 Years: Should Associational Privacy Still Be Protected by the Constitution?

Featuring Bradley A. Smith, Lawrence Noble, and John Samples. June 28, 2018. Policy Forum.


Academic Freedom and Free Speech

By Roger Pilon. March 16, 2016.

The Economic and Civil Liberties Case for a National Sales Tax

By Stephen Moore. May 11, 1995.