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


L.A.’s Feel-Good Plan for Paid Leave Won’t Feel Nearly as Good When the Costs Pile Up

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How to Term-Limit Congress

By Doug Bandow. National Review (Online). January 29, 2019.

Cato Studies

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A Policy in Search of a Problem: A Study on the Impact of Minimum Markup Laws on Small Businesses and Gas Stations

Will Flanders and Ike Brannon. Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. May 2017.

Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: Who Are We Really Protecting?

Ike Brannon and Logan Albright. WPRI Special Report. April 2017.

How the Met Council Misplans the Twin Cities

Randal O'Toole. Thinking MN. No. 7. Spring 2017.

Public Filings

Why Arizona Should Decriminalize Needle Exchange Programs

By Jeffrey A. Singer. Testimony. February 20, 2019.

Public Comment on SB 1035, Relating to the Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Programs

By Jeffrey A. Singer. Public Comments. February 4, 2019.

Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair

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Cato Reviews & Journals

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Policy Report. September/October 2018.

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Angela C. Erickson. Policy Report. September/October 2018.

Untangling Hair Braider Deregulation in Virginia

Edward J. Timmons and Catherine Konieczny. Cato Journal. Fall 2018.


Freedom in the 50 States

Featuring William Ruger, Jason Sorens, Matt Weibel, & Chris Edwards. August 24, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.

#CatoConnects: Freedom in the 50 States

Featuring William Ruger, Jason Sorens, and John Samples. August 23, 2018. Cato Connects.

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