The Moral Psychology of the Whistleblower

Source: Law & Liberty
by Ronald W Dworkin

“The concept of honor tends to confuse the modern democratic mind, associating it as we do with feudal aristocratic life. Whistleblowers seem to exemplify a kind of modern-day code of honor, [Carl] Elliott writes. Yet what is its basis? During the landed gentry epoch, the honor code was a mixture of class duty and warrior ethos. In the case of whistleblowers, its basis seems less clear. Upon reading through Elliott’s accounts of whistleblowing, I thought I spotted a trend: a religious commitment expressed at an early age that exerted itself later in life on the whistleblower’s conscience, long after any official commitment to religion had waned.” (06/10/24)