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Cato Upcoming Events http://www.cato.org/events/calendar.html events@cato.org The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government. en-us​Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0400 Puritans, Politicians, and Paternalism: Can We Take Back Control of Our Own Lives? (Capitol Hill Briefing)​http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatoEvents/~3/af6OUPhZjUs/event.php​<p></p> <p>We were promised a government that would protect our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But H. L. Mencken said that Puritanism is "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy," and politicians on both left and right certainly demonstrate that. In today's world there is practically no aspect of life left free from government intervention &#8212; ranging from restrictions on the food on our plates to the cars we drive, where we smoke, what video games we can play, and whom we can marry. Both conservatives and liberals fall prey to the idea that they need to protect us from our own vices and weaknesses. Is the notion of personal responsibility and freedom still politically and culturally viable? What can be done to extend the vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to more people and more aspects of our lives? And how can politicians and staffers help get us back on that track?</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?i=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?i=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:l6gmwiTKsz0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?i=af6OUPhZjUs:Vyl44QC0I5Y:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoEvents/~4/af6OUPhZjUs" height="1" width="1"/>