There are few things more fundamental to the concept of freedom than the right to determine how to live one’s own life. Prohibitions, de facto bans, and “sin” taxes meant to influence consumer behavior always have negative unintended consequences. Rarely do these measures encourage healthier behavior, instead pushing people toward more dangerous choices, burdening those with the least resources, and spurring dangerous illicit markets. Yet, there are still many who attempt to exert their will on others, using legislative and regulatory power to control consumer behavior.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute believes the proper role for government is to provide consumers with accurate, unbiased guidance that informs consumer choice. But, whether it is the substances we prefer, how we entertain ourselves, what dietary habits we maintain, or how we pursue personal health, consumers ought to have the right to make decisions for themselves.

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My Kingdom for a Peanut

Poking fun at United States agricultural policy is low hanging fruit. From catfish to sushi to alfalfa, most agriculture industries are handsomely subsidized…

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Farm Bill: One Big Catfish

In addition to the new, costly “agricultural risk coverage,” “adverse market payment,” and "supplemental coverage option" programs in the Senate’s Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (…

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Don’t Forget the Beer

Pennsylvania’s beer distribution system, designed to provide competitive advantages to in-state brewers, is nearly identical to Michigan’s wine distribution system that was the subject of…

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Michelle Minton

Senior Fellow

  • Consumer Freedom
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Consumer Well-Being