“Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness” ― George Orwell, 1984




Orwell continued writing 1984 (then with working title The Last Man in Europe) even as he was dying from TB. His chilling epigram about the insidious dangers of orthodoxy resonates with what Bourdieu says about it.

It derives its power from two things (1) from operating below the level of consciousness; (2) being reinforced by having the weight of the social order behind it.