In this paper, the author describes four ways of discussing and analyzing whistlelower protections: a labor perspective, an open government perspective, a transparency perspective, and a human reights perspective. These perspectives are not simply nologisms used to label aspects of whistleblower statutes. Rather they represent coherent viewpoints that rest upon differing justifications for whistleblower protection and therefore upon different arguments for protection. The viewpoints that each represents draw upon a different thetoric and may invoke different policial alignments favoring protection.