When is a Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower?

When his or her revelations involve the state or its functionaries instead of “private” companies or persons. The media argues that whistleblowing only applies to “wrongdoing, corruption, illegal activity,” all of which the state could never be guilty of, right? I mean, by definition the state is right, incorruptible, and legal, so clearly Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower, just a traitor.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.