Orwell: The Danger Of An All-Prevailing Orthodoxy

At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was ‘not done’ to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.

—George Orwell, 1945, “The Freedom of the Press,” unused preface to Animal Farm published in the Times Literary Supplement (15 September 1972) (HT: Stephen Hayward).



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  1. No wonder they so often have the long knives out for you…

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