“The Great Stupid” Lurches Toward PEAK Stupid!

What happens when The Great Stupid reaches “Peak Stupid”?

Oh, it will be spectacular. People will over the U.S. of all ages and political affiliations will suddenly realize what they have been accepting and tolerating. They will realize that they have been doing to society, the culture and the nation the equivalent of shooting a nail bun directly into one’s skull because it seemed like a good idea at the time. They will be simultaneously humiliated, embarrassed, remorseful and angry.

And it’s coming my friends. It is coming because the purveyors of the Great Stupid will keep trying out more and more ridiculous tactics and stratagems to attain their desired Orwellian utopia until they reach the inevitable tipping point. Based on today’s developments, it is coming soon.

Guess what word Woke World has decided to ban as racist.

Come on, guess.

It’s field. As is “Field of Dreams,” “Lilies of the Field,” and “Flanders Field.” As in “take the field.” As in “What field are you in?” and “Let’s do some field research.”

Here is the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work proving that it is run by lunatics and can no longer be regarded as a place of serious instruction or rational thought:

“As we enter 2023, we would like to share a change we are making at the Suzanne-Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to ensure our use of inclusive language and practice. Specifically, we have decided to remove the term ‘field’ from our curriculum and practice and replace it with ‘practicum.’ This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that could be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language. Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign,” the notice claims. The notice indicates that it is from the “Practicum Education Department” and to the “USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Practicum Education Community, Faculty, Staff, and Students.”

The notice says that it is from the “Practicum Education Department” and to the “USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Practicum Education Community, Faculty, Staff, and Students.” Practicum! No, I am not making this up. See?

It’s real! These people are insane, literally out of their minds. And this is Big Brother, totalitarian, GoodThink craziness. How do you like “In solidarity with universities across the nation, our goal is to not only change language but honor and acknowledge inclusion and reject white supremacy, anti-immigrant and anti-blackness ideologies”? 


USC isn’t alone in taking the leap into woke, political correctness, virtue signalling, mind-control madness.

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will no longer use the words “field worker” in agency communications, citing the term’s “implication for descendants of enslaved Black and Brown individuals.”

A January 4 memo from Demetrius Starling, the director of the department’s Children’s Services Agency, and Dwayne Haywood, the director of the department’s Economic Stability Administration was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It blathers, “While the widespread use of this term is not intended to be harmful, we cannot ignore the impact its use has on our employees. Establishing shared language is essential to our collective progress.”

Oh, peak stupid is coming, my friends. It’s coming fast.

It may already be here.

35 thoughts on ““The Great Stupid” Lurches Toward PEAK Stupid!

  1. Are there yet depths unplumbed by the Great Stupid? Of course there are. If “field worker” has connotations of slavery, why does only “field” have to go? What about “work”? That one seems to be primed to fall. Already it is taboo to expect a great many in the woke fields to actually work. It is racist to expect the same amount of work from minority students as White/Asian students. But there may be some aspect of work that, once they discovery it, will drive them insane and demand that “work” itself be banned. After all, in physics, Work is Force times Displacement! And what do we have in history but black people being forcibly displaced to work in the Americas? And thus not just mathematics, but all of physics is racist and has to be eradicated!

  2. I invoke Poe’s Law: Maybe this is brilliant satire! …I rather hope it is. In the event that it’s not, though, I will supply the satire. I suggest we skip ahead and replace all of the following words with Newspeak substitutes:
    Slavery, bondage –> unfree
    Slave –> unfreeperson
    Field –> untreeplantland
    Servant –> unfreeunfarmperson
    Order, command –> unfreespeak
    Master –> unfreespeaker
    Chain –> metalrope
    Labor, work –> unfundostuff
    Whip –> hurtrope
    Quarters –> unfreeroom
    Plantation –> unfreefarm

    Then we have to destroy any plant, animal, or product ever cultivated or produced by slave labor. Then anything ever used for, by, or adjacent to slaves or slaveholders.

    Screw it, let’s move everyone out of the former slaveholding states and turn them into radioactive wastelands. Then we construct a new language from scratch that no bad people have ever spoken. And then at last we’ll have eradicated every trace of slavery except the ones that actually cause the problems we see in the present.

    Maybe when people read about the bigotry and prejudice that goes on in other countries, they will get some perspective regarding the nature of the problem, i.e. that it’s a problem with human cultures in general rather than specific ethnicities. Then they’ll have a better idea of how reconciliation actually works and how to use presentation mindset (which deals with how the past affects the present) constructively.

    A friend and I stopped talking because I said that some ideas of social justice reminded me of the concept of original sin: people did something before we were born and now we supposedly have guilt we will never absolve, so we’re obligated to do whatever we’re told. She didn’t like that idea at all, but I didn’t stick around to figure out exactly what angle she took offense to. She seemed to think I already knew and was being deliberately insulting for some reason. I wonder how she feels about the situation now.

    • The difference between that and original sin is that supposedly redemption is possible from original sin, at least in Christianity, because the Son of God chose to make the atonement that humanity could not make. With social justice, no atonement is still required, doing whatever the SJWs say, but no redemption is possible. Like Sisyphus, we must still push the stone up the hill, only to have it roll down again as soon as we reach the top. Like the Dannaides (the daughters of Dannaus, who all murdered their husbands), we must carry water forever in leaking jars, trying in vain to fill a bath that we may wash off the wrongs we committed, except in our case we did not commit them. It does not matter, we benefited from them, therefore we must pay.

      Objectively, this doesn’t make any sense. Objectively, most mythical and religious stuff doesn’t make sense. That’s why it’s called faith. Tucker Carlson said that Black Lives Matter had moved beyond being a movement to being a political party, one that was actually more powerful and popular than either of the two major parties. I think, like communism became in the Soviet Union or Nazism became in Germany, it’s become a de facto religion. In those two cases the state replaced God as the object of worship. In this case, anger and resentment have replaced God as the object of worship. The thing is, well sometimes you can reason with people who are full of anger and resentment, you can’t reason with religious fanatics. That’s why the Great Stupid seems to know no boundaries, and, just like other religious fanatics, it’s devotees are being used as pawns by cynical power mongers, who simply see them as a path to power. I wonder if one day the white and other folks who embraced black lives matter will be thought of as “useful idiots” just like the idiots from the West who embraced communism were thought of.

      Hopefully, the upside here is the same as for religion. After a while, the revolutionary fire that went with the beginning of this new and great thing will burn itself out or it will come up against something it cannot conquer. Islam found its final limits at Diu and Malta and Lepanto and Vienna. Arguably Christianity found its limits a few times, most recently when the Jesuits went into the far East but converted very few relatively speaking. The Muslims made their first try for Europe when they swept north of the Pyrenees in 732 and tried to take down Constantinople right around the same time. Unfortunately, or rather, unfortunately for them, they ran into a Frankish prime minister who had enough sense to take the high ground at a place called Tours-Poitiers, but still tried to charge up it. You might remember this prime minister, his name was Charles Martel, and I’m sure you remember his grandson, who is known as Charles the great, or Charlemagne. They also ran up against Leo III and his fleet, with the weapon known at the time as Greek fire, who burned their ships to the water line.

      That was the end for the muzzies in the West, there would be no further attempt to conquer Western Europe, and it bought Eastern Europe 700 more years.

      Those of us opposed to this black Marxist movement are not without leaders and not without weapons, the one thing we lack is a base as committed as the base on the other side whether it be committed from faith or committed by the will to survive. That’s the key going forward, is that enough people start to disagree with black lives matter as strongly as its adherence advocate for it or enough people get fed up and say “we’re not going to let this be the dominating force in our lives.” It’s just a matter of time before those two groups of people reach the critical mass. Unfortunately, the one thing I don’t know is when that will be.

      • Good point, but I think it’s worse than that.

        Christianity allows for redemption, but it’s a completely personal redemption based on an individual’s actions.

        Social Justice doesn’t allow for redemption (at least not personal) and usually explicitly excludes the individual believer from action. The focus is always on others; mere proclamation of belief is sufficient for believers. Bad recipe for a religion.

  3. From FDR’s “National Defense” fireside chat of May 26, 1940. He was referring to foreign agents and the threat they hold but I believe it’s appropriate today to think on what he said:

    “Today’s threat to our national security is not a matter of military weapons alone. We know of other methods, new methods of attack.

    The Trojan Horse. The Fifth Column that betrays a nation unprepared for treachery. Spies, saboteurs and traitors are the actors in this new strategy. With all of these we must and will deal vigorously.

    But there is an added technique for weakening a nation at its very roots, for disrupting the entire pattern of life of a people. And it is important that we understand it.

    The method is simple. It is, first, discord, a dissemination of discord. A group –not too large — a group that may be sectional or racial or political — is encouraged to exploit its prejudices through false slogans and emotional appeals. The aim of those who deliberately egg on these groups is to create confusion of counsel, public indecision, political paralysis and eventually, a state of panic.

    Sound national policies come to be viewed with a new and unreasoning skepticism, not through the wholesome debates of honest and free men, but through the clever schemes of foreign agents.

    As a result of these new techniques, armament programs may be dangerously delayed. Singleness of national purpose may be undermined. Men can lose confidence in each other, and therefore lose confidence in the efficacy of their own united action. Faith and courage can yield to doubt and fear. The unity of the state can be so sapped that its strength is destroyed.

    All this is no idle dream. It has happened time after time, in nation after nation, here in the last two years. Fortunately, American men and women are not easy dupes. Campaigns of group hatred or class struggle have never made much headway among us, and are not making headway now. But new forces are being unleashed, deliberately planned propaganda to divide and weaken us in the face of danger as other nations have been weakened before.

    These dividing forces I do not hesitate to call undiluted poison. They must not be allowed to spread in the New World as they have in the Old. Our moral, our mental defenses must be raised up as never before against those who would cast a smoke-screen across our vision.”

  4. After some more reflection on the idea of Peak Stupidity, I have to assert more seriously that the Great Stupid has not yet reached that point, because it will not reach that point until its adherents discover for themselves and admit that the Great Stupid is not only failing to deliver on its promises, but in its essence can only deliver the opposite of what it promises. Because the woke ideology underpinning the Great Stupid is fundamentally contrary to reality, such a breaking point will eventually occur, but that time is not yet. That is because the insanity of doing the same thing expecting different results has not yet been pushed hard enough, still has opposition on which it can blame its failures, and has momentum due to a ruling class that is clearing obstacles to allow the woke ideology room to flourish.

    This leads to the most fundamental question of the Great Stupid, of the woke ideology, and that is, what is it really? Woke ideology at its core is the elimination of suffering. Consider the stupidity of refusing to say the word “field”. Someone out there decided that “field” summons images of slavery, and so it has to be verboten, lest someone suffer upon hearing the word. Back up from there, and consider the other efforts to cleanse our language, the efforts to silence so-called “hate” speech, the drive to destigmatize actions that have been stigmatized for so long that we’ve effectively forgotten why they’ve been stigmatized in the first place. Consider the efforts to be inclusive, so that people are not rejected, scorned, ridiculed, or harassed for being a minority, for acting a particular way, for expressing themselves in a particular fashion. Now consider the demands it makes for conformity. All of this represents a drive to eliminate suffering.

    Never mind the power-hungry politicians who exploit the Great Stupid for their own gain, for power-hungry politicians will latch onto whatever fad or trend or systematic organization they can to seize power. They are indeed hypocrites, touting eco-friendliness while living in power-guzzling opulence any taking private jets to climate conferences, proclaiming the need for the wealthy to tighten their belts while enriching themselves, insisting upon decency and love and consideration while demonizing their adversaries, demanding equal outcomes in education while placing their children in expensive private schools, crying “believe the science” but placing roadblocks before anyone wanting to do what science does best, namely challenging the accepted view of the world to achieve deeper understanding. Is the Woke ideology being wielded cynically by these people? Absolutely. But why is it an effective tool?

    Fundamentally we do not wish to suffer, and we work hard to mitigate or even eliminate suffering in our lives already. We have fire to dispel the cold and the dark, and to cook better food. We have clothes to warm us and protect us from our lustful tendencies. We have roads to ease travel. And everything we build, we make so that our lives can be that much more comfortable. How then does Woke ideology differ from what we’ve been doing already for thousands of years?

    Woke ideology, like many of its predecessors, it is a belief in man’s capacity to produce a world without suffering. It has a certain appeal, which is why it has its adherents, and why it is currently an effective tools in the hands of the power-thirsty totalitarians. After all, who wishes to suffer? And who, having even an ounce of compassion, wishes to see someone suffering? Indeed, if we only wish to compare end results, the eschatological dimensions of Woke Ideology are very similar to a Christian Heaven. There will be no more suffering, no more tears, death will be destroyed, the world will be renewed and persist in a state of perfection for all time, and the elect will enjoy an endless paradise.

    However, that is where the similarities end. Woke ideology professes a complete transcendence of man, the ability to endlessly conform reality to fit man’s desires, no matter where those desires might lead. True, man has the ability to conform reality to himself, but it has limits. Man learns about the world to make use of it for man’s benefit, but he is nonetheless tethered by the laws of nature. There are limits beyond which man cannot push. Similarly, Woke ideology professes that man can escape any moral consequences by conforming laws, society, and reality itself to allow man to act in whatever way he so desires. It isn’t that there is anything inherently wrong certain sexual actions; it is that society disapproves, and all that is needed to make those actions right is to force society to approve of them. If there are any physiological consequences, they can be eliminated with the right pill, or the right procedure, or ignoring that there are physiological consequences in the first place.

    In other words, in Woke ideology there is no concept, as there is in Christianity, that man is fallen and in need of redemption. We don’t need to be saved, we need to be affirmed as we are. We don’t need to be lifted up, we need the world brought down to us. We are not sinners because we’ve broken a divine law, but we’re sinners for insisting that there is such a thing as sin. In the Woke mind, the idea that there is useful suffering is anathema, and that there is redemptive suffering is unimaginable. Suffering must be eliminated, and we can do it ourselves, if only everyone gets on board. That is why it was so important to sextuple vaccinate, double-mask, social distance, and call down the authorities on anyone who did not fall in line with the efforts to make sure no one suffered from the Wuhan virus, and why even after this variant of coronavirus has faded into the potpourri of viruses that cause the common cold so many are still so panicked by the possibility they might contract the dreaded COVID-19. Catching the cold causes suffering and has to be prevented at all costs. Except those costs cannot be allowed to incur suffering themselves…

    Why are we not yet at Peak Stupidity? It is because the Woke ideology is still optimistic about its ability to eradicate suffering. It has not yet been brought face to face with the poison fruit it has been cultivating. It has yet to truly face the reality that effort has to be made even to live. It has yet to face that suffering is truly going to happen no matter how hard we try to avoid it. It has yet to recognize that people actually thrive when they accept suffering, shoulder the suffering, and grow for doing so. It might be realizing at this point that its efforts to eliminate suffering create more suffering, because further effort keeps being required. Offensive words have been banned, but there is still suffering, so we have to ban trigger words. But that has not fixed suffering, so words that are tangential to trigger words have to be banned as well. There is no end of this until all language has been purged, because the very concepts that the words describe will exist regardless of being vocalized.

    But if Woke ideology does recognize that in trying to eliminate suffering it creates more suffering, it has not yet reached the despair that comes when a critical mass of failure accrues. White people, especially white men, are still to blame for every remainder of suffering the world. But even this wall is breaking. Whiteness is now a codeword for whatever opposes the Woke ideology, and that means Whiteness is invading the realm of the Woke because of its inherent contradictions. You can’t affirm women and deny that there is anything definable as woman. You can’t affirm homosexuality and proclaim homosexuality is really transsexuality. You can’t affirm self-identification and deny those who identify the wrong way. You can’t purge the language of all references to slavery and still proclaim that slavery is evil. As the ranks are purged of race traitors (because blacks can be White Supremacists now) and sex traitors (because women can be White Mormon Males) and sexual preference traitors and sexual identity traitors and every other kind of treachery there is, there will only be remaining one person who is sufficiently Woke, and that one person will still be suffering.

    • When thrust upon one, sufferance needs to overcome suffering (such as “getting Covid-19”). At that point, one might as well succumb to bedrest and stay prone in peace, barring essential routines, after referring to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Land of Counterpane (read aloud as often as necessary for succor) … and one reminds oneself to see about finding another couple of pillows and a toy army or navy to play with. The Enemy, by the way, were Nazis when I was a child, Joe McCarthy to his death in the 50s, Nixon – more annoyance than enemy and, besides, He started it! – in the 60s; no one while living & working in Japan in the 70s; anyone deliberately blocking or underfunding HIV/AIDS care for their own or any other population during the 80s, and the same for all “traveling” contagions of the past decades as well as the future as the planet shrinks. No, I am not “my brother’s keeper” nor he mine, but I will help when and as much as I can. Which is not at all for at least the next two weeks. Masks, worn correctly, do work, by the way. My illness is due to my own carelessness.

  5. It is clear that they are catering to the grievance-makers.

    They say:

    “ This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that could be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language.”

    “…could be considered…”

    “ Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign,”

    “…may have connotations…”

    They are not even responding to genuinely fake outrage about language. They are predicting what language they think people could be offended by and preemptively censoring themselves.

    It is almost as if they are in a competition to be the first to divine some new offense to remediate.


  6. If this group feels so strongly about the word field because it conjures up images of immigrants and slaves, then I suggest they only eat that which is grown in practicums. You cannot create a single applicable connotation of a word and then continue to support that which is associated with a field. In fact, they must keep their eyes shut so that nothing comes into their field of view. (I believe they are doing this now or at least have blinders on so as to limit such a field of view)

    If we are to associate the word field with any usage such that one might connect the word with another meaning insofar as that meaning is only indirectly associated with some negative historical event, then we must begin to eliminate many other words as well.

    If field, and its denotation as described below relating to a particular branch of study or sphere of activity, is off limits then so too must all other words that mean the same thing such as discipline, province, area or even the one chosen as practicum. Synonyms for a word must be treated exactly as the offending word itself otherwise the synonym will be used as a proxy for the offending word.

    Thus, in order for the groups logic to hold, all the words below that are synonyms for the word field, irrespective of their denotational usage must also be burned out of the lexicon because of this contorted connotational understanding. To carry this idea out to its logical conclusion, any word that includes “area” which is the operational component of the word field must be off limits as well.

    an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences:
    “a wheat field” · “a field of corn”

    a particular branch of study or sphere of activity or interest:
    “we talked to professionals in various fields”
    area of activity

    a space or range within which objects are visible from a particular viewpoint or through a piece of apparatus: See also field of vision.
    “the stars drift through this telescope’s field of view”

    This is what you get when you have overpaid academics trying to justify why they are even being paid at all.

    • This reminds me of being in college and seeing lists of words NOT to use lest you be gender non-inclusive, like “man-hours” or “two-man-crew,” or “man” in the sense of operate. Stupid then, stupid now.

  7. When I saw the headline, I assumed ti was referring to the Biden administration’s decision to ban all gas stoves!

    I’m afraid Peak Stupid will never be reached, frankly. Kind of like peak oil, it’s always predicted but, dang it, it just never shows up.

  8. This new word-ban is timely for me. I am getting ready to treat fire-ant mounds in my hay practicums this afternoon. Just a few minutes ago, I would have innocently referred to these agricultural areas as “fields,” and there’s no telling how many I might have offended. Having to check my privilege…again. (NOT!)
    Having worked with and around many social workers during my own LE career, I can say with some certainty that this is precisely the group that I would expect to adopt and advance such woke idiocy. Back in the real world, I will start looking for new opportunities to use the word “field,” since that seems to piss off all the right people.
    Atlas has not yet shrugged, but his shoulders are starting to twitch.

    • Arizona just elected a social worker as its governor. I can’t believe it. Talk about letting a fox into the hen house. Put someone who’s spent her entire working life milking government programs in charge of the state’s purse?

  9. This is another example of the rural-urban cultural divide. This isn’t racism but it is offensive to me and likely the 1.5% minority of the population who provides food and more often than ever before, your energy needs. By saying the word “field” is racist and a nod to slavery they’re implying that my living working the fields is somehow unworthy and less than their job (my family has a family farm as does my husband’s, we’ve been right here since our ancestors were homesteaders). My roots may be humble, and I might be from a place you’ll never go, but at least I’m not from the useless part of society. This is exactly how Trump won, by the way. Go ahead, keep insulting the people that put food on your table. See if some other country will provide for you… oh wait, they can’t. These people need to be very careful what systems they decide are offensive and throw away. It might break beyond repair and then they might realize how good they had it. It’s been a lot of years of abundance in this country. Will we let them ruin what we’ve got out of ignorance? They know nothing about fields and thanks to YouTube it is a willful ignorance at this point. There isn’t many industries that have embraced technology and environmental stewardship like the ag industry. I won’t deny there’s tribalism and lots to improve, but where I am slaves never worked the fields. This is where they left to be free. This is where people came for second chances and new starts to have fields of their own. That they like to dismiss the western expansion part of the American story that gave so many a new start and grasp onto the southern plantations darkest history exclusively is short sighted and dangerously naive.

    • Great comment
      The you tube reference was perfect. I don’t know how many it takes to sickle hundreds of acres of fields using today’s technology. It appears not many. I watched several YouTube farming videos and marveled at the way gps and other navigational equipment was used to coordinate different pieces of equipment. While dozers might use gps for grading the tech level in construction. farming is light years ahead of just knowing where the tractor is.

    • Thank you, Demeter. One of my grandfathers left his thriving Brooklyn pickle business to become a dairy farmer in Upstate (aka “the rural northern part of”) New York. He hired or traded dairy for local help when and as needed or else did it all himself from first milking to churning to sunset or later. When he left his lifetime in the City and took his pride in himself and his work along with him, he never allowed either to be belittled.

  10. I believe it’s a Bob Dylan tune, but I know it from Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s version, and it’s ripe for a twist- Everything Is Broken could easily be Everything Is Racist.

  11. Excellent commentary so nothing to add except the very patient honchos of the CCP are probably the biggest fans of USA wokesters.

  12. Sorry I am late to the discussion. The content posted here does not allow for days off. You snooze, you lose.

    “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?” — Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science (Section 125, The Madman)

    Nietzsche’s works express a fear that the decline of religion, the rise of atheism, and the absence of a higher moral/ethical authority would plunge the world into chaos. The western world had depended on the rule of God (Christian or otherwise) for thousands of years — it gave order to society and meaning to life. Without it, Nietzsche writes, “society will move into an age of nihilism”.

    We have certainly traveled far down that road since 1882, and appear to be picking up speed to the point where we have some glimpse into what a society whose morality has no foundation and drifts aimlessly on a whim or emotional virtue signaling outburst looks like. When life itself has no meaning, what is a ‘right’ life or a ‘wrong’ life? No worry, the New Gods will tell you … and you WILL like it.
    Could be an opportunity for you, Jack. Some have claimed that you only need two more “followers” and you’ll have as many as Jesus did.

    Meet the new gods … same as the old gods?

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