The Whistle Blower’s Achilles Heel

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The journey of a whistleblower is never an easy one. Many who make the noble decision to blow the whistle, do not fully recover once they have walked through the battleground. Landing on your feet should be a goal every whistleblower aims for as an ultimate end state. Following a set of principles may help the individual find their way to that desired end state. 

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Silent collusions, groupthink and unbridled power

The word ‘collusion’ has its roots in Latin. The Latin prefix col-, meaning “together,” and the verb ludere, “to play,” come together to form collude. The related noun collude has the specific meaning “secret agreement or cooperation.” (Mirriam Webster dictionary). The Collins dictionary defines collusion as “to act together through a secret understanding, esp. with evil or harmful intent”.

On the face of it, it seems clear that there would need to be a conversation of sorts to reach an agreement to cooperate. The question that is plaguing me however is whether the need for a verbal conversation or written agreement is necessary to enter a collusion. Could you have two or more players playing together without any meeting, secret or not, and without a verbal or written agreement to cooperate?

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