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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GOP fighting cellphone freedom

Should the federal government outlaw rudeness? Some senior Republican lawmakers seem to think so. Since 1991, the Federal Communications Commission has barred cellphone use on…


Michelle Minton

Senior Fellow

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