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Toxic Politics Are Smothering America. Could David Hogg's Progressive Pillows Be the Solution?

There's a silver lining to partisan demagogues taking up peaceful entrepreneurship.

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The creeping politicization of every aspect of American life is causing more than a few people to want to bury their faces in a pillow and scream out their frustrations. Soon enough, even that might not be an option for aspiring apoliticos.

On Thursday, gun control activist and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg announced that he would be starting his very own pillow company to combat the influence and reach of rabidly pro-Trump MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell.

Hogg, via Twitter, said that he would be teaming up with software developer William LeGate to prove to the world that "progressives can make a better pillow, run a better business and help make the world a better place while doing it."

These progressive pillows are intended as a counter to Lindell, a longtime acolyte of former President Donald Trump who has gained notoriety in recent months for spreading the theory that the 2020 election was stolen for President Joe Biden via Chinese hacks of Dominion voting machines.

That conspiracy theorizing has cost his cushion company both customers and a Twitter account. It even got Lindell censored during an all-too-hilarious Newsmax interview.

Into this opening comes Hogg, who wants to free liberal America from having to choose between its values and a good night's sleep.

Hogg's plan is to launch his pillow company within six months and sell one million units within the first year of operation, according to Axios. The name of the company is being kept under wraps until all the necessary copyright issues are resolved, says Hogg.

The teen activist has said that he wants his pillow product to be sustainable, domestically manufactured, and union-made, although that last goal appears to be causing him some trouble.

Even before Hogg's announcement, partisan pillow fights were already getting out of control, with conservative firebrand Dinesh D'Souza hawking MyPillow products, and right-wing activists holding in-person demonstrations at Bed Bath & Beyond to protest the retailer's decision to remove the company's product from its shelves.

It's understandable then that people would greet Hogg's announcement for more political pillows with a mix of exasperation and depression. Yet for all their transparent ridiculousness, his business plans may come with a silver lining: the potential for softer, gentler politics.

This might seem counterintuitive given that Hogg has shown himself to be little more than a shallow, partisan demagogue during his brief career in public life. Yet it's for that very reason that we should be thankful for his new dream of starting a line of liberal linens.

Prior to this, Hogg has used his minor celebrity to push a number of dubious gun control policies—from banning large-capacity magazines to creating a national director of gun violence prevention—that will likely have little impact on gun violence while eroding the liberty and privacy of gun owners. Those who disagree with those policy proposals are liable to be accused by Hogg of being paid shills of the gun lobby willfully abetting mass murder.

Anyone who cares about a robust Second Amendment or the fate of civil discourse can only find his brand of activism to be a net negative on the world.

Hogg's pillow company need not be so toxic. Indeed, there's every reason to think it won't be. While certainly politicized, Hogg's plan is to start a company that will, hopefully, sell people a product they enjoy at a price they can afford. Rather than pushing for zero-sum, liberty-crushing gun control policies—where Hogg's success can only come at the expense of gun owners and those who disagree with him—he will instead be devoting his energies to making profitable, mutually beneficial exchanges.

Should he make a good enough product, he might even win over a few conservative customers who would never be reached by polarizing activism.

Even if Hogg fails in that, he has nevertheless stumbled upon a productive outlet for his political passions that forgoes the raw pursuit of power, and instead focuses on the creation of consumer convenience and brand loyalty.

Already our politics seem to have become much less about policy, and more about crushing the other side by whatever means necessary. So long as that remains to be the case, wouldn't it be better if more partisans spent their energies providing creature comforts for their comrades in lieu of vandalizing businesses or storming the Capitol?

Lindell's decision to become politically active saw him go from being a successful entrepreneur to a discredited hack. His activism has made our politics, and his company, worse off as a result. Hogg is, interestingly enough, looking to make the opposite transition. Hopefully, that will create the opposite effect.

So roll your eyes at Hogg's pillow dreams if you must, but recognize that with that progressive padding comes the possibility of more peaceful politics.

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    1. 99.9% of US businesses are already apolitical.

      Hogg’s business will not be one of them. Hogg is not saving us from anything.

      This article is what Geiger said.

      1. Will he be paying $15/ hour?

        1. Of course but first the company is seeking input on a name for its new product.
          Must include “Hogg” and infer progressive or TDS theme.

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  6. Hogg gonna find out real quick that real business isn’t as easy as “we’re gonna sell a million units in the first six months”.

    1. except when you have a rich backer who doesn’t care if he losses a few million to make a point. Funny what Hogg is saying is that yes Lindell’s pillow are the best so we are going to make bricks that virtue signalers will buy to prove their virtueness even if it gives them neck pains

      1. “except when you have a rich backer who doesn’t care if he losses a few million to make a point…”

        That. Business is not just about making a profit for shareholders or investors any more. Making money isn’t the point. How many more pieces of money-burning propaganda do we all need to see before the lesson sinks in? The latest Star Wars trilogy, The Last of Us 2, the latest Ghostbusters, James Bond as an ugly black woman: social justice trumps profit now.

        1. These people have realized that even their amounts of money have no real value.

          This is about converting it into something of real value – political power and social capital.

          1. Always remember, you can’t have progressivism if there are no more progressives.

            Just something to think about.

            1. You just want to spend other people’s progressives. 🙂

              1. I favor expatriation to Antarctica.

                1. Polar Bear Plunge, with added cinderblocks.

      2. except when you have a rich backer who doesn’t care if he losses a few million to make a point.

        Yep. Just look at the WNBA. They would have gone under by the early 2000s if the NBA didn’t treat them as a tax write-off.

        1. WNBA revenue is something like $-15 million/year

          1. The DC WNBA team actually hung an “Attendance Champions” banner from the ceiling because it’s totally a serious sport.

    2. Except his progressive acolytes will vacuum them up to virtue signal and own the cons.

      This is the game anymore, no substance, no honesty, no integrity, just pure partisan gamesmanship to own the other guy.

    3. “It’ll be like the Air America of pillows!”
      – Al Franken, volunteering to do infomercials

    4. Don’t kid yourself, Sleepy Joe and his minions will waste no time enriching this kid with a juicy federal contract, and many states will probably go along with their own contracts.

  7. I can’t wait until Little Boss Hogg runs into Big Government taxes and regulations. I’m sure he’ll add to the hilarity by ascribing his difficulties to “a vast right wing conspiracy”, “Nazis”, and “Putin”.

    1. This is a really dumb take…

      Hogg will obviously use any profits from the pillow adventure as a means to fund his desired crackdown on human rights. Anyone who disagrees with his position on human rights (i.e. the 2nd Amendment) would be an absolute fool to give him any business.

    2. Sorry hit reply on your comment by mistake. Previous comment is meant for article author, not you.

    3. …nah…Trump and Big Labor…

    4. Like he will have anything to do with the company other than his name on the logo. He, like Sandy Cortez is an attention whore. Whenever I see them it reminds me of a scene in Coupling, the “Captain Subtext” episode where Jane is talking about fabric and when the subtext filter is turned on it all comes out as “Me, Me, Me”. They are both the same, “Look at me”.

      1. That was a funny episode. Nothing beats ‘Inferno’ though. Me specially when Steve has to explain the plot of ‘Lesbian Spank Inferno’ to everyone at the dinner party.

        1. “Too tired to pucker…”

          “Not…?”

          “Nooooo…..”

          1. Ok, that was pretty good too.

      2. I’m not expecting him to run the company, but he’s still gonna be whining when the Big Government handcuffs stop the enterprise from succeeding.

  8. Name predictions?

    OurPillow
    ComradePillow
    Hoggs Lumpy Neckwrecker for a Gun Free America

    1. My guess is this pillow will only be effective if one sleeps on the left side of the bed.

      1. And during the night the pillow will take your covers and redistribute them to your sleeping partner.

      2. LOL’d. Sensible chuckle.

    2. Bitch Face. “Rest your bitch face on our Bitch Face.”

  9. “I NEED A UNIONIZED PILLOW MANUFACTURER IN THE US”

    Sounds like they just want to stick their brand on someone else’s pillow. This might end up like Ben & Jerry’s 5-to-1 pay ratio gimmick. Maybe they should just sell pillows via CafePress.

  10. Lindell actually owns a patent on My Pillow, the result of actually thinking about how to make an improved pillow.
    Hogg apparently wants to compete with Lindell by selling a pillow that will make the buyer feel good about herself instead of a pillow that just feels good.

    1. “…that will make the buyer feel good about herself instead of a pillow that just feels good.”

      I believe that is a pretty good definition of virtue signaling. And there will be plenty of dumb fucks who will buy into it, but his whole notion about being “sustainable, domestically manufactured, and union-made” sounds more like social responsibility than getting a viable business off the ground. Of course his billionaire backers will do a lot to overcome such barriers to entry.

      Ok now some twat head like Tony will 0 actual business acumen [but a shit load of moralism] will reply “well why can’t a business be both socially responsible and successful” and then he won’t even buy one of the Hog’s pillows.

    2. The teen activist has said that he wants his pillow product to be sustainable, domestically manufactured, and union-made, although that last goal appears to be causing him some trouble.

      In other words he wants his pillow product to be expensive. His name and cause might sell pillows to gullible cultists like himself at first. But that business model doesn’t have legs. If he’s smart then he’s just using his relative fame to make a quick buck while he can. If not, he’s going to see just enough initial success to lose a lot of borrowed money.

      1. “…a lot of borrowed money”

        So no consequence to him, and it will be someone else’s fault that it failed.

        1. Isn’t that always the case for progressives? Risk someone else’s money then blame someone else when it fails.

        2. Of course. It would take a fool to loan him money, but I’m sure he’ll find a few.

      2. MyPillows aren’t exactly dirt-cheap themselves, even if you buy them off of the infomercials at the 2-for-1 discount.

    3. Lindell has a patient to what? A fabric bag filled with foam. That definitely safe being copied. With respect to Hogg and Lindell, my pillow decisions are primarily based on price, not ideology. I am a philistine in most regards to what I sleep on be it pillow or mattress. So whatever is cheap at the big box store gets my money.

      1. No wonder you are so disagreeable. You never get a good nights sleep.

      2. Lindell has a patient to what? A fabric bag filled with foam. That definitely safe being copied.

        Yeah, the patent office certainly doesn’t look for prior art when it issues a patent or anything. Totally safe to copy. You can trust the shreek the dumbfuck pedophile and amateur patent attorney.

        Why don’t you fucking off yourself you stupid piece of shit? You clearly have no family or friends. No one cares about you. Every person you have ever encountered will be happier when you’re dead, including the children you’ve fucked.

  11. It’s called “Our Pillow” Comrade..

  12. Speaking of pillows:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9223117/Newsmax-anchor-forced-make-grovelling-apology-voter-fraud-conspiracy-theorist-Mike-Lindell.html

    Goes to show, contrary to Soave’s bullshit article, that Newsmax was not “forced” to censor Lindell, or anything of the like. Glad they found their balls but, quite frankly, fuck them. Any outlet that behaves this way can fuck off.

  13. Can someone just shoot this retard in the face?

    1. That’s just uncalled for.

      1. No, it’s a fair question. I’m sure that kid that shot up a building at Hogg’s high school (far, far away from Hogg) could have done it if he were anywhere near him.

    2. Just hold one of his pillows over his face.

      1. This thought occurred to me. The irony of him producing terrible pillows that are fantastically effective at suppressing the sound of handgun fire would be hilarious.

        1. My silencers.

        2. I too thought the best part of the article was the proximity of “pillow”, “smothering” and “David Hogg” in the title.

    3. They already tried. He somehow survived …

      1. That’s because he wasn’t even there.

        1. Rude. Hurtful. Insensitive.

          To the gulag with you.

    4. Just because he has different views you don’t support doesn’t mean he should die. I don’t agree with any of his views but I don’t want him to die.

      1. “I don’t agree with any of his views…”

        And just how do you thing he feels about you?

        Not that he would actually want you to die, but self described “progressives” invariably believe that there is no end to the “good” government can do, given that the “correct” people are in charge.

        And along with that there is no end to the authority said government can direct toward they do not like or agree with, who get in the way of their agenda.

        This has gone beyond what I believe vs you believe; it has grown into every aspect of our lives and is well on its way to forcing those over whom you can exert power. Libertarians pretty much just want to be left alone, and this in itself is a “weak” position against those who want nothing less than lording their views and policies over others.

        And as far as this site goes, I would get too ramped up over hyperbolic comments, like “can’t someone just shoot this fuck in the face.” I liken that to wanting to put a judge through a woodchipper.

      2. I think the point is that progressives are uninterested in any kind and of coexistence where we are not completely enslaved to them, and when do we finally acknowledge that they are an existential threat to our freedom, and our very lives? Progressives are insistent on putting us in a position where we are forced to deal with them.

        1. And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.

          1. Solzhenitsyn’s work may have done a good thing exposing the nature of the Soviet Gulag system, but Solzhenitsyn was no lover of freedom himself. He condemned the materialism and permissiveness of the U.S. and the West who welcomed him, espoused Russian Nat8onalism and a return to Czarism, and even returned to Russia and was pals with former KGB officer Putin. From what I’ve read elsewhere, lot of other Anti-Soviet dissidents had a falling out with him. See this Reason article by Cathy Young on the subject:

            Solzhenitsyn’s Tarnished Legacy by Cathy Young
            https://reason.com/2008/08/07/solzhenitsyns-tarnished-legacy/

      3. I do. I want him to die slowly, painfully, fully cognizant of his imminent demise, in excruciating pain, hopefully screaming and wailing, begging for his mother or Jesus to come save him. I hope he shits his pants as an autonomic reaction and is found by rescuers in an utterly debased state, covered in his own shit and vomit.

      4. Everyone is going to die. “want” has nothing to do with it.

        1. Check out the existentialist over here.

    5. I doubt he’s hard to find in Cambridge, Rev. Knock yourself out.

    6. Call some niggers.

  14. There is something fundamentally ridiculous about assuming people will buy your pillows because you’re progressive.

    My Calc II professor had been a Russian dissident. I didn’t know it at the time. He was explaining that you need to become literate in Russian in order to get a PhD in mathematics because so many of the proofs are written in Russian. I asked him, “Why are the Russians so good at math?”

    He threw it back at me and asked why I thought they were so good at math. I thought it might be because under the Soviet system, you could probably do whatever you want in math. History, economics, art, anthropology, media– all these things have political connotations to them. But there can’t be a revolutionary mathematics. It’s just numbers, so all the best and brightest in Russia probably went for math so they could do what they want to the exclusion of other things.

    He thought it was hilarious that I said there couldn’t be a revolutionary mathematics. That’s when I found out he’d been a dissident who was chased out of the country (or defected at some point). Turns out there was a revolutionary mathematics, and he was insufficiently woke. There was no escape from politics in mathematics. There was no escape from politics in the Soviet Union.

    If you can’t even buy a pillow in the USA without political ramifications now, that is not a sign of progress towards the libertarian moment. Progressives making every thing we do a political act is a bad thing. Soon, we won’t be able to drive to work, use the restroom, or heat our homes without it being a political act. We may be there already. If that’s progress, it’s towards Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    1. Well pretty much every thing is already “racist, sexist, misogynistic, species-ist, white supremacist…”

      We need two countries; wall off the cities and leave the rest of us the fuck alone.

    2. It’s a fact that every decent book of integrals was written by a Russian. I always assumed it was because there was nothing better to do during the long winters.

    3. “Soon, we won’t be able to drive to work, use the restroom, or heat our homes without it being a political act.”

      That’s the goal. That’s totalitarianism. Everybody knew it was coming, but mean tweets mattered more.

    4. I asked him, “Why are the Russians so good at math?”

      A higher than usual percentage of Ashkenazi Jews (and their mean intelligence nearly 1 standard deviation above the population as a whole) would be my guess. Plus, unlike a lot of the more equipment-intensive sciences, mathematics is free to practice. Though that’s changed with more computationally intensive branches.

      1. It’s because of the culture of the Ashkenazi. You see the same thing with some Asians. In my home town there were some Chinese families. The dads were cousins from China and opened tiny restaurant, or liquor store, or grocery store. Hard working, very hard working. And came here without a dime to their name. But EVERY one of their children went to an Ivy League school, and now include physicians and lawyers and ophthalmologists and stuff. It was the culture. They studied hard in school while we Whites snuck out back behind the barn to toke up, or obssesed over football, or where just lazy fucks.

        This is why immigration is good. I see it with wetback Mexicans. Hardest working people I know. Then the White Progressives get ahold of their children and turn them into welfare bums. The problem is not the immigration, the problem is the White Progressives. The Chinese told them to bugger off. Latinos need to do the same.

        1. Most Mexican laborers take off 10 minutes after payday which is why you see a rotating cast of them outside every hardware store and never see the same crew twice in a major construction job, but sure, let’s go with the human dynamo lettuce picker narrative that you picked up from Vox and Dateline.

          These people ain’t seen a brown skin man Since their grandparents bought one

      2. This is so racist.

      3. Russians are good at math because in the Soviet Union, as politicized as things were, rigorous math courses were taught to children as soon as they became proficient at basic reading and writing. Your average elementary school aged Russian child had a better grasp, and probably still does, of mathematics than most college aged Americans.

        1. But Russian proficiency in math goes back to before the USSR.

    5. I wonder how politicizing literally every fucking thing in the country is a solution to a damned thing.

    6. “Progressives making every thing we do a political act is a bad thing.”

      Yep. Elections have consequences.

      “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State” does not sound any better in the original Italian.

    7. At what point do we decide it’s necessary to rid ourselves of progressives in order to be free, or even just alive?

    8. What do you mean? Of course there is even “Revolutionary math.” Recall the Room 101 scene in 1984 where O’Brien asks Winston Smith “What is 2 + 2?”

  15. I’m assuming the progressive pillow with come in two style:
    1) Squishy and 2) Extra – Squishy.

    1. No, more like iron lumps in a velvet duvet.

      1. Maybe they’ll print an image of a boot sole on it. Let you get used to the concept.

  16. A software developer and a professional victim; who better to “make” a pillow.
    Oh, wait. I bet they will just repackage a Communist Chinese Pillow and claim it “identifies” as union made in America.

  17. Hogg, via Twitter, said that he would be teaming up with software developer William LeGate to prove to the world that “progressives can make a better pillow, run a better business and help make the world a better place while doing it.”

    Lindell didn’t even do a bite test on his pillow! What does that tell you?

    1. The libertarian pillow I’m thinking of would be fully bitable and retain shape without harming dental work,, fluff up to the right size for doggystyle, or even morph into a 3-D Waifu!

      “For The Best Night’s Orgy In The Whole Wide World, Visit Libertarian Pillow Domain Name!”

  18. The teen activist has said that he wants his pillow product to be sustainable, domestically manufactured, and union-made, although that last goal appears to be causing him some trouble.


    While certainly politicized, Hogg’s plan is to start a company that will, hopefully, sell people a product they enjoy at a price they can afford.

    Haha. Wait, he’s serious? Let me laugh harder. HAHAHA!

    1. Wait until he realizes the whole thing is doomed because he’s a white dude that stands to profit from this thing and therefor it’s inherently an oppressive idea.

      1. He doesn’t intend to make pillows. He’s fallen out of public view, and he’s flailing for attention.

      2. He can always reclaim his Oppressed status by announcing he’s a woman.

        1. He could always gin up some story about how he was sexually assaulted years ago, that seems to go over well.

        2. No real surprise value there.

      3. “Wait until he realizes the whole thing is doomed because he’s a white dude ”
        Looks like a Trans-nigger to me. (This is technically allowed because it is the T-word)

  19. “Lindell’s decision to become politically active saw him go from being a successful entrepreneur to a discredited hack. His activism has made our politics, and his company, worse off as a result. …”

    Not a very well reasoned comment…blaming Lindell for the current state of our political climate…after Trump left office…cuz Lindell’s silence before the election logically implies that the political climate then was all kumbaya…

    @Christian Britschgi…dude…you need to hire a better coder for your bot before phoning in your missives…

    1. Fortunately, with the loss of the XL pipieline, there should be lots of new coders on the market. After all, if you can weld steel, you can code a computer!

      /Biden Logic

  20. Here’s a thought: a libertarian entrepreneur could make a bed set that includes pillow cases, sheets, and a mattress cover each embossed with pro-libertarian messages.

    The pillow case could say: “Warning, Tyrants and Criminals: There may be a gun under here when I’m asleep!”

    The sheets could say: “In case of house arrest, twist up and lower out of window for an escape.” Or: “What me and my partner(s) do under here is none of your damn business!”

    Finally, the mattress cover could read: “If the government has left me any money, it may be in here…or in the Bitcoin cloud…or offshore…or in a capsule up my ass…I’ll just let you wonder!”

    Naturally, the pillow or mattress you use could be your choice or maybe there are libertarian entrepreneurs with ideas for these products. Hmmm…Let me see what I can brainstorm…

    1. The mattress should also have a tag that says “Feel free to remove this tag, or don’t. It’s (purportedly) a free country!”

      1. Yes! That’s the idea! I thought all was lost at Reason but you happily proved me wrong!

        Now if only mattress employees had the freedom to not have to put on the tag. But, baby steps…baby staps…

        1. Oh, wait…No employees, so I guess the fun will belong entirely with the customer! It’ll be like having a whole floor covered in bubble wrap and popping each bubble!

  21. He’s putting the cart way before the horse. You should actually have a product in existence before you start talking smack about putting someone out of business. And Mike Lindell is a strange target for him anyway – he doesn’t own a gun company.

    And contrary to this article, in response to the boycott, Lindell’s company is doing well. Direct orders for MyPillow have gone through the roof.

    https://rfangle.com/politics/mypillow-announces-overwhelming-support/

    1. Proof that Hogg cares about progressive politics, not guns specifically.

      1. Hogg cares about Hogg. He’s out of the public eye, and he can’t stand it.

        1. Yeah, his fifteen minutes are up.

          1. He probably can’t even afford the drugs to off himself.

            -jcr

            1. Thanks to our great gun laws though he can almost certainly afford a gun to off himself with. And what a point that would prove.

              1. I urge him to make that argument.

    2. ” And Mike Lindell is a strange target for him anyway – he doesn’t own a gun company.”

      Not strange when you consider that “gun control” is and has never been and end unto itself.

      A libertarian writer might have noted this for the very obvious mask dropping that it is.

      Instead we get Britches.

  22. The teen activist has said that he wants his pillow product to be sustainable, domestically manufactured, and union-made, although that last goal appears to be causing him some trouble.

    It’s particularly going to be an issue once it comes to pricing his product.

  23. Great. We finally got rid of pink or blue baby blankets. Now everyone wants red or blue pillows.

  24. Props for figuring out how to continue the grift after becoming irrelevant.

    1. Grifts are scams, and there is nothing here that suggest this is a scam. He is going to sell over priced pillows to yuppies. That is called entrepreneurship and the right used to praise this.

      1. also know as swindling which is a grift.

        1. No. He is completely upfront about what his product is and why it is more expensive.

          1. ” Hogg’s plan is to start a company that will, hopefully, sell people a product they enjoy at a price they can afford.”

            Who knew that affordable is a euphemism for “this is going to cost you extra”???

          2. Yes, his product it political signalling and TDS-addled lefty shits like you will pay a premium for it.

            1. Yes, correct (but I won’t buy it), and he is upfront about that.

              1. Genuine snake oil is completely kosher.

                1. In a way, yes. There was a such thing as genuine snake oil from China that was high in omega-3 acids and probably had a positive effect. It was the fake snake oil sold by fraudsters in the US that was actually mineral oil that gave the term a bad connotation.
                  And that is Molly’s Obscure History Tidbit of the day.

                  1. Man, is there nothing that the terrible white Americans won’t steal from a more noble culture and then proceed to fuck up?

                    Haha. Molly’s obscure history tidbits likely follow this formula every time.

              2. “…and he is upfront about that.”
                So he’s upfront about being a grifter and you find that acceptable? Why is that not surprising?

                1. He is not a grifter at all. He is honest about why the pillows will cost more, and what his politics behind them are. He would be a grifter if the was lying about it.

                  1. He doesn’t even have a fucking pillow to sell; his avowed mission statement is to take out a guy whose politics he doesn’t like.

                    grifter
                    [ grif-ter ]SHOW IPA

                    a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., especially a gambling attraction.

                    I’d say meets that definition

            2. THAT’S IT! Print that on the pillow.

        2. Finding a demographic with delusions and money is not “swindling”. It’s called a “business opportunity”.

          Twitch thot Belle Delphine realized how pathetic her simps were and made a small fortune selling them her “bathwater”. They lined up to purchase water that might have touched her nether orifices. Swindle or business?? Ugly as the entire scenario is, I have to say “business”.
          She’s not responsible for how lame her “fans” are.

          1. Ah yes, the old “if you can steal 5 bucks from a retarded person it’s called a no-brainer” defense.

  25. “Toxic Politics Are Smothering America.”

    This smear against Trump supporter Mike Lindell delineates how Reason’s toxic politics are not only smothering America, but are also destroying libertarianism.

    1. It is why I advocate Republicans working to get the LP disqualified off every state ballot permanently.

    2. Behind every apparent double standard is a single operative standard.

    3. Mike Lindall released an hour long video today that shows the fraud in this past November’s election. It shows the evidence of the fraud in detail. It’s disappearing from youtube and other sites almost as fast as people can upload it, but if you can find a working link, it’s well worth the time to watch. If after watching, you can explain away all the evidence, then you are an amazing person.

      1. This on the same day Time magazine printed an article about how a noble “cabal” (they actually called it a cabal), bipartisan and powerful, of enlightened individuals, worked behind the scenes to change voting rules to ensure “democracy worked” in the Presidential election. And by “Democracy working”, they clearly mean “Ensure the Dem gets elected”. They beg the question by taking as a received truth that we could NOT survive another four years of Trump. They don’t prove this, of course.

        So yeah, Lindell’s a crazy conspiracy theorist and Time magazine celebrates the victory of the forces of virtue. Fuck this world.

  26. Come to think of it, a libertarian pillow or mattress could be constructed strong and cushioned enough to break a fall after doing the aforementioned escape from house arrest.

    One thing a libertarian mattress should not be is one of those no-flip/can’t flip/flip-fuck mattresses with sharp-pointed springs that protrude from the mattress eventually. Those damn things must have been designed by some Swami that wanted an even worse bed of nails or a Grand Inquisitor who wanted quicker confessions!

  27. This is ridiculous.
    What, are we going to have left-wing and right-wing everything now?
    Left-wing milk and right-wing milk?
    Left-wing pizza and right-wing pizza?
    Left-wing shoes and right-wing shoes?
    Good grief. It’s just a pillow.
    I don’t buy MyPillow pillows because they are overpriced and the ones I can get at places like Walmart work just fine. Wouldn’t be surprised if the David Hogg pillows are probably going to be overpriced too.
    But it is just ridiculous how polarized everything is becoming.
    If a consumer wants to exercise his/her moral conscience in the marketplace by making “correct” decisions about where to spend his/her money, however that person defines “correct”, then go ahead – but don’t go overboard!

    1. Jeff, relax…Have some Sanka…and read my posts on this subject. That libertarian entrepreneur of which I speak could be you.

    2. We’ve got Left Twix and Right Twix already.

      1. I’m testing Jeff’s mettle…and everyone else’s.

        So far, this is disappointing. I’m practically giving away a business idea and people here are so far up their binary, partisan ‘doxy that they won’t take up the idea, even if it helps them!

        Maybe this nation deserved Trump and deserves Biden and whatever “Man/Woman/Trans On Horseback” who comes next.

  28. I wish him success as an entrepreneur. But he will find it’s a bad time for small business in America, from taxes, regulations, labor laws, minimum wages, union contracts. Democrats hate small business.

    1. I don’t. That vicious little piece of crap should suffer endlessly.

    2. And lockdowns!! Don’t forget the lockdowns, which seem almost designed to punish small businesses and individual entrepreneurs while exempting Amazon, WalMerde, etc. etc.

  29. Oooh, here’s another idea:

    A libertarian bed set, pillow, mattress, or any other product should aim to be the first product of its kind made customizable, made completely by automation, and with manufacture directed at least in part by Artificial Intelligence!

    That way, both slave labor from Red China or elsewhere and domestic union thug labor are cut right out of the chain of supply and receive no monetary benefit! A libertarian-made product should be a product worth virtue signalling to the mountaintops!

    1. Figure out a way to work some orphan labor into this and you might have a winner.

      1. Mike, put down the stuff for a bit. I said the manufacture would be automated and possibly controlled by AI. If the libertarian bedding business takes off, the only orphans will be the phony-baloney jobs of Chinese Commissars and The Featherbedders Guild of the AFL-CIO.

        Tell you what, though: The business could make you a bed set custom infused with nano-bots that can serenade you to sleep every night with the soundtrack of Oliver! Sound good?

      2. Be careful not to create an orphan labor shortage in the monocle-polishing and top hat burnishing fields, is all.

        1. With nanotech being what it is, monocles might polish themselves one day and top hats will hand themselves down fully burnished while playing “Rubber Band Man”…and be so plentiful that the orphans will wear them.

          Sorry, folks. Even sinister “Robber Barons” aren’t exempt from technological progress.

    2. Damned well better be monocle friendly.

      1. For you, the nano-bots infused into the bed set can use the multi-thousand thread-count fabric and polish your monacles while you sleep. Such a deal!

        1. Sorry, monocles. The nano-bots could even correct that for me if I were enveloped in them.

  30. Prediction: The adult life of a child victim star is going to make the adult life of a regular child star seem understandable or productive.

  31. He’s going to link arms with the Coffee Party and get Squeeze to do their theme song. They’ll be bigger than foam rubber and chicory.

  32. “Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg”

    Nice gaslighting, Britschigi.

    1. Well, in a sense all of us survived that day.

  33. He’s probably going to make a boatload. People pay a lot of money for really stupid shit, especially if it’s associated with some kind of tribal identity.

    Next up, You-Didn’t-Build-That-Bear stuffed animal shops.

  34. The answer to creeping politicization of everybpart of life is to…politicize pillows.

    Britschki may be too dumb even for the B Team

  35. I’m not going to buy any partisan pillow. I don’t much care what the pillow company employees believe, I just don’t want them to brand their beliefs on my pillow. It’s stupid. No Lindell pillows, no Hogg pillows.

    I don’t mind Chik-Fil-A sammiches, because Chik-Fil-A doesn’t shove their pro-life stance in my face. (Even though I am personally pro-life, I still eat chikken for the chikken). I don’t mind In-N-Out fast good even though In-N-Out has “secret” Bible verses on the bottom of their cups and bags. (I am a Christian, but I eat animal fries for the animal fries). I don’t buy “fair trade” coffee for that reason. “Fair trade” is a political statement right on the package. I don’t want to be drinking political statements.

    But I was in the market for new pillows and was looking at My Pillow. But then suddenly the company was in the news pushing the pillows as a political statement. No thanks. I want a pillow to be a pillow, not a tribal statement. Plus, people might think I share Lindell’s delusions. Ditto for Hogg, I won’t buy his pillows.

    Lindell and Hogg can believe what they want to believe. And if htey kept it out of their pillows I would consider their products. But they have made their products into tribal symbols, and I won’t buy them for that reason.

    We need separation of politics and commerce. Because commerce is the big unifying factor of civilization. It’s what allows tribes to interact without warfare. Trade is good. Commerce is good. But this trend of turning goods political statements of tribal identity is dividing our society. I don’t want politically correct products, I don’t want conservative products, I don’t want progressive products I don’t want MAGA products. I only want pillows that are pillows, coffee that is coffee, chikken that is chikken.

    1. So you didn’t buy the pillow you had previously intended to buy because leftists told you it was immoral

    2. There is literally nothing political about the pillows sold by MyPillow. If you can separate the individual politics of the managers of Chik-Fil-A but not MyPillow it’s only because you’re a retarded Trump-obsessed piece of shit.

      Also, you’re not a Christian. Not even your Marxist Pope is psychotic enough to endorse your genocidal views on abortion and drugs, although he does love him some supranational global communism.

      1. “…you’re a retarded Trump-obsessed piece of shit…”
        Correct!

    3. I try not to by food products advertised as “Non-GMO”.
      A) the manufacturer is pandering and
      B) they think I’m stupid enough think rejecting science is a good thing,
      C) They mark up the products because of the non-existent virtue of being “non GMO”.

      Sure. I’d want to avoid a genetically produced Skunkapottamus or glow-in-the-dark crotch weevils, but fuck, skipping generations of directed breeding (as people have done for millenia) through genetic engineering is just labor-saving, not mad science.

  36. This is truly one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in the past year and that is a low bar.

    1. Alternative nominee: the Libertarian presidential campaign/candidate

  37. Into this opening comes Hogg, who wants to free liberal America from having to choose between its values and a good night’s sleep.

    I’m sorry, but how do they not already have that choice? They can literally buy any kind of pillow brand they want from any department store, big box warehouse retailer, or specialty stores like Furniture Row throughout the country.

    Hell, SoyHogg can’t even mimic MyPillow’s construction because Lindell has the patent on it.

    1. Not once the Democrats pack the Federal courts.

  38. I have one pillow, it is a giant pillow-sized slab of Latex. It is the most comfortable pillow I have ever had. Smelled like condoms when I took it out of the box though (it fades).

    1. Hm.
      Didn’t know that was a thing.
      Not gonna pay $100 for a pillow, but interesting.

  39. I hope Hogg has already hired diversity engineers to make sure his pillows aren’t designed for white, hetero, cisgender males like him. Oh, and that they can’t be used to facilitate rape culture.

    1. Intersectionality is already getting progtards in Trouble:

      ‘We need to be in the room’: Biden confronts tensions among his environmental backers
      Big environmental groups have an ambitious agenda, but success requires satisfying their Black, Latino and Indigenous critics.
      Read in POLITICO: https://apple.news/Aq-qEEzxGSyWk7SBWA1ztqw

    2. Presuming David Hogg is hetero or cis is a stolen base.

      1. He’s a swishy looking leftist theater kid. He most likely is a sloppy bottom.

  40. Just make sure the workforce gets unionized before you start your pillow company. We wouldn’t want you to act like assholes, now, would we?

  41. Stupid article. Like usual

    1. Writing libertarian articles involves shitting on Biden and co. right now. That’s unacceptable.

      1. Finding out which senator employs the private security guard who shot Ashley Babbitt would make an interesting article, but Reason has no balls (or desire to oppose the ruling caste).

      2. Speaking of shitting. I had an idea to market a brand of toilet paper where all profits would go to libertarian causes. I think it would take off because it sums up what most people think of libertarians, and now liberty in general

      3. “gently criticizing his positions” or “lightly shitting on him while being sure to mention how bad Republicans are” is more like it.

        And Reason will go just that far. Semi-bravely and quasi-boldly.

  42. The creeping politicization of every aspect of American life is causing more than a few people to want to bury their faces in a pillow and scream out their frustrations.

    Read Douglas Murray’s book, The Madness of Crowds. Pay particular attention to his last chapter: De-politicize our lives.

  43. The teen activist has said that he wants his pillow product to be sustainable,

    He’s not a ‘teen activist’, he’s a grown assed adult who’ll old enough to drink in April. He started as a teen activist, untouchable, recruited as a child soldier by the DNC, but now he’s an adult who can enter contracts and be held accountable for his retarded shit.

    1. He’s a trustafarian who got to where he is because of his rich progtard parents. It won’t matter if nobody buys his pillows because it’s all about the self-promotion. When progtards are baffled how Trump was elected and almost re-elected, it’s exactly because of people like him

      1. When South Park commented on progs loving the smell of their own farts…David Hogg fits that stereotype to a tee.

        Also, odds are, he has about as much testosterone as a pre-teen girl.

        1. Total soyboy.

        2. Be fair. He’s more macho than Elliot Page, and Ruby Rose and…ummm…okay that’s abou tit.

  44. Even if Hogg fails in that, he has nevertheless stumbled upon a productive outlet for his political passions that forgoes the raw pursuit of power, and instead focuses on the creation of consumer convenience and brand loyalty.

    When Hogg inevitably fails, it will push him even further in to the pursuit of raw power, and turn away from even the pretense that he gives a shit what customers might want.

    Running a business is hard and it takes a lot of work. That’s not at all what he’s interested in.

  45. #NotMyPillow

  46. I will not be purchasing Hogg pillows or Lindell pillows. The problem is that both of them have made pillows political. It’s nice when products are simply products and not a political cudgel.

    1. I know, right?

    2. How did Lindell make his pillows “political”?

      He himself is political but his pillows are sold simply because they are, you know, good pillows. Not because “conservatives love my pillows”.

      Hogg has expressly said that he wants his pillows for progs.

      1. Will they serve as good rape pillows? Asking for a friend.

    3. “…The problem is that both of them have made pillows political…”

      The problem is your TDS; Lindell did nothing of the sort, but TDS-addled shits don’t want to know that.

  47. Thanks I can rest easy now as have been wondering what “Attention” Hogg has been up to since his blessed recent (and alas all too short it would appear) absence from public life.

    1. I know. I’ve always heard absence makes the heart grow fonder and I wanted to use Hogg as a test subject for this.

  48. To all the “I won’t buy Lindell *or* Hogg pillows” morons, you’ve all cancelled your Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Google accounts, right? Tossed out your Apple, Microsoft, and Linux-run computers, right? Unsubscribed from your Google fiber connections, withdrawn your money from your Bank Of America accounts, and cancelled your VIsa cards? Foresworn all Moderna and Pfizer products? Gotten rid of your Nike shoes. Thrown out all your NBA and NFL gear. Dumped out all your Ben and Jerry’s. Gotten rid of and pledged to avoid whole foods.

    Otherwise, you’re thinly-veiled “I’m not going to buy a MyPillow becase Hogg politicized pillows” empty-humble-idiot-threat-lie isn’t foolilng anyone.

    1. Ironically, not having Facebook is not an impediment to them taking your data.

  49. “Hogg’s pillow company need not be so toxic”

    It need not be but we all know he’ll keep demonizing every gun owner as a “baby killer”, “mass murderer”, or whatever the anti-gun phrase of the day is.

  50. “…There’s a silver lining to partisan demagogues taking up peaceful entrepreneurship…”

    That camera-whore Hogg is doing nothing of the sort.

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  53. “9/11 really happened.” –GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

    Progress. Now let’s see if all those other Republicans admit will that Biden won the election. Read

  54. I would rather buy one of David Hogg’s pillows than Mike Lindell’s pillows, Mike Lindell is a Trump supporter and defended him during the siege at the Capitol. He should not be allowed to advertise and his company should be shut down. David Hogg wants to ban assault weapons and prevent deaths occurring from gun violence.

    1. Yes any good dictatorship should censor and ban people. It has worked do well through history. just check!
      Incitement Precedent:
      “Under the Supreme Court’s First Amendment precedents, inflammatory speech can be punished only in narrowly defined circumstances that go beyond what happened on Wednesday. Under federal law, incitement to riot does not include “advocacy of ideas” or “expression of belief” unless it endorses violence, which Trump did not do.” Reason 1.8.2021 2:10 PM
      Trumps words of incitement, which you will actually find have words left out on all left wing publications with the three dots …. to show they are missing:
      he said. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to “peacefully and patriotically” make your voices heard today.” Reason 1.8.2021 2:10 PM
      The good thing is we live where the free market will determine which pillow manufacturer does better, not the government.
      With your views how did you ever stumble on a (somewhat) libertarian website? I suggest you go to the HuffPo, you will be much happier there, but not able to post comments, like most liberal websites. You can never have dissent on a liberal website.

      1. Seems Reason is now censoring comments too.

    2. You’re an idiot.

  55. Well, Dems will need SOMETHING to cry into when they lose Congress in 2022.

  56. Progressives are the problem, not the solution.
    Reason Magazine. Libertarians for Progressive, Socialist Solutions!!!

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  58. I hear the HOGG pillow calls you a racist, steals your money, chants “HOGGS in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” and then wishes you a good night’s sleep.

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