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Independent Institute

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The Independent Institute is a 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.[1] The Institute is known for pushing various brands of crankery, including Robert B. Stinnett's[2] work advancing the Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory and Thomas DiLorenzo's[3] neo-Confederate rambling. Being a good libertarian think tank, the Institute also denies global warming, hawking books by noted deniers such as Patrick Michaels.[4]

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  1. The Lighthouse as a Private-Sector Collective Good, 1 October 2003, Fred E. Foldvary.
  2. Robert B. Stinnett profile, Independent Institute
  3. Thomas DiLorenzo profile, Independent Institute
  4. Roy E. Cordato. Review of Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives. Independent Review, Spring 2002.