Blackmail commentary continues to multiply. The purpose of this paper is to show what we agree on. Its primary tool will be to define what I call the "central case" of the blackmail literature, and to supply the connecting links that will allow us to see how the various theories converge where central-case blackmail is involved. Among other things, I will show how the deontological and consequentialist (economic) approaches converge in condemning central-case blackmail, and I will defend the criminalization of such blackmail.
Wendy J. Gordon, Truth and Consequences: The Force of Blackmail's Central Case (May 5, 1993) (unpublished manuscript).