"The subtle cruelty of hegemony is that over time it becomes deeply embedded, part of the cultural air we breathe. One cannot peel back layers of oppression and point the finger at an identifiable group or groups of people who we accuse as instigators of a conscious conspiracy to keep people silent and disenfranchised. Instead, the ideas and practices of hegemony become part and parcel of everyday life - the stock opinions, conventional wisdoms or commonsense ways of seeing and ordering the world that people take for granted. If there’s a conspiracy here, is the conspiracy of the normal."

— The Getting of Wisdom: What Critically Reflective Teaching is and Why It’s Important by Stephen Brookfield