libertarian think tank which, according to its website, has offered the world "25 years of enlightening ideas" thus far. Its lighthouse logo is a reference to the debunking of the idea that lighthouses are public goods. The Institute is known for pushing various brands of crankery, including Robert B. Stinnett's work advancing the Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory and Thomas DiLorenzo's neo-Confederate rambling. Being a good libertarian think tank, the Institute also denies global warming, hawking books by noted deniers such as Patrick Michaels.
- The Lighthouse as a Private-Sector Collective Good, 1 October 2003, Fred E. Foldvary.
- Robert B. Stinnett profile, Independent Institute
- Thomas DiLorenzo profile, Independent Institute
- Roy E. Cordato. Review of Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives. Independent Review, Spring 2002.