I regard Thomas Sowell as one of the greatest thinkers and writers of our time. He recently wrote about the venerable concept known as the Rule of Law, that is an important aspect of the constitutional basis of our country. Here  is a link, via Professor Bainbridge, to commentary by Sowell on how the recent apparent strong-arming by the government to embarass/coerce/ask  BP to create a huge fund interfaces with the Rule of Law and related concepts. Of course, if the creation of the large fund was all BP’s idea, then the analysis would be much different.