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.