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


Prisons Are Packed Because Prosecutors Are Coercing Plea Deals. And, Yes, It’s Totally Legal.

By Clark Neily. NBC News. August 8, 2019.

Some Thoughts on the El Paso Shooting

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). August 7, 2019.

Congress Tackles the “100-Mile” Border Zone for Federal Checkpoints

By Patrick G. Eddington. Just Security. July 30, 2019.

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

Knox v. Pennsylvania

By Ari Savitzky, Paul Vanderslice, Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, & Michael Finch. Legal Briefs. March 6, 2019.

Mitchell v. Wisconsin

By D. Alicia Hickok, Doug R. McCusick, Ilya Shapiro, Clark Neily, Trevor Burrus, & Jay Schweikert. Legal Briefs. March 4, 2019.

The American Legion v. American Humanist Association

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


Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump

Featuring Greg Lukianoff and Jason Kuznicki. June 26, 2019. Book Forum.

When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice

Featuring Jason Brennan, Jeremy Rabkin, and Jason Kuznicki. June 3, 2019. Book Forum.

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

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