Rare acts of whistleblowing are extremely useful, however, they cannot begin to create significant social changes – precisely because they are no more than ‘rare acts’. Whistleblowing will begin to make a greater impact only if more people understand its potential and begin to use it as a tool.
What is its potential and what kind of tool is it? I could summarize my answer to this question as nothing less than: raw data revealed through whistleblowing creates the foundation of a new reality.
It is important to realize and then accept that people alone – meaning the average citizen on its own – cannot begin to create physical changes to the system. Physical changes will begin to occur – or people will begin to act against the system – only when enough low and mid-level officials become inundated with the raw data that reveals to them that their very supervisors – the highest level officials – are the source of the data thus the cause of corruption. That is: changes will begin to occur when enough low and mid-level officials accept that whistleblowing is not a criminal act and when they begin to align their actions with the demands of the data revealed by the whistleblowers.
This is the case because the history lesson is: people – again, the average citizen – will not participate in any activity that might jeopardize their current social status – meaning job, savings, and property. So, low and mid-level officials’ role is significant. However, in order to overwhelm low and mid-level officials people will have to begin to expose corruption within their own workplaces and communities. It’s a catch twenty two.
If whistleblowing is to become a widespread act then it needs to become a carefully designed and coordinated process whose main objective is to expose SPECIFIC government and corporate departments and SPECIFIC individuals that run them to SPECIFIC low and mid-level officials. In other words, whistleblowers need to address SPECIFIC low and mid-level officials and hold them responsible.
More articles to come. Next: How to focus and organize independent efforts.