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owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th century Great Britain that presented a vision of a society free from the tyranny of excessive government power. Those same ideals inspired the architects of the American Revolution and continue to inspire the work of the Cato Institute today. The Cato Institute’s core mission is to advocate policies that preserve and expand individual sovereignty while decreasing the power of government to interfere with the lives and activities of peaceful individuals.
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