John Hinderaker's critique of Paul Krugman's Big Lie" column is not to be missed. Once a distinguished academic, Krugman, who still teaches at Princeton, has fallen hard, and now openly engages in deception. Does Princeton University require that its faculty embody the disinterested pursuit of the truth in their public activities? True, the Times is not an academic journal, but Princeton's trustees need to consider the question of the appropriateness of continuing to identify the university with faculty who exhibit a reckless disregard of the truth.

If Krugman fails to answer his critics, I believe that he puts his scholarly status in jeopardy.

Thomas Lifson   8 21 05