There's some context:

In this direction M. Loisy has done noble and excellent work; but the dead weight and selfish blinkerdom of the Catholic organization has hampered him to that degree that he has been unable to get justice done to his liberalizing designs or, perhaps, even to reveal the full extent of them. And the same difficulty will remain.

Is it a synonym for "blindness"?

  • Tunnel vision is an accepted metaphor. I'm not sure that 'blinkerdom' has achieved word status as yet. Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 22:16
  • blinkerdom is not a word. It's a contextual nonce here.
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 7:12
  • @Kris I can’t find “nonce” defined anywhere as a noun that would fit your statement, only as an adjective commonly attached to the noun “word”. Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 17:07

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Blindness, tunnel vision, or more loosely a hostility to non-traditional ideas. The reference is to blinkers, a kind of headgear worn by racing horses that keeps them from seeing anywhere except straight ahead.

  • -1 blinkerdom is not a word.
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 7:13
  • +1 for apt explanation of this nonce word. Might be worth including a bit about highly productive suffixes employed by native speakers for ad-hoc nominalization, and/or the specific shift in meaning that -dom applies to words. Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 17:27

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