The ongoing saga of David Hogg’s Good Pillow company has ended with the petulant youngster pulling out of the infant company. In a twelve-part Twitter thread Hogg explained that he would be quitting the company to focus on school and activism, and that he has “resigned and released all shares, any ownership[,] and any control of Good Pillow LLC.”
It seems that Mike Lindell will continue to sleep easy tonight.
The company will live on under the leadership of William LeGate, though the website still appears unchanged from a month ago (I’m writing this post on 11 April 2021, so it could have changed by the time you’re reading it on or after 13 April 2021). Not only does Hogg not like the Oxford Comma (perhaps his most obnoxious quality), he and LeGate can’t find the proper place to use hit “spacebar”—that is, between words. Granted, we’ve all made some typos, but how does a Harvard student not catch such errors in a three-sentence paragraph?
Perhaps I’m being a bit prickly going after a twenty-year old. In my defense, I’m not the one who exploited a tragic school shooting to catapult myself into Harvard on the basis of being whiney and strident. Nor have I ostentatiously announced plans to take down a business competitor on ideological grounds.
I’ll be real here, too: I like the idea of making a good product with well-paid labor in the United States. Unions for me call to mind Mafia-style corruption and cement shoes, but paying Americans a living wage is an admirable goal. I’m a cheapskate, but I’m getting to the point where I’d rather pay $40 for a good, well-made shirt than $15 for one stitched up in a sweatshop in the former French Indochina that will fall apart in the wash in a couple of years.
But in such a business, you’ve got to focus on the fundamentals. Hiring a “Chief Progressive Officer” to enforce diversity is a waste of money in a business where, if I had to guess, labor and machinery costs will be sky-high (union labor doesn’t come cheap). Further, we’ve all heard the “Get Woke, Go Broke” mantra by now; in this case, it seems to be more along the lines of “Get Woke, Stay Broke,” but we shall see.
Without Hogg’s high-profile asininity bringing in fawning media coverage, it’s uncertain if the business will go anywhere. As I’ve noted in past posts about Good Pillow, I hope they can do it and put some more Americans to work. On the other hand, I’m highly pessimistic an overly important college kid can pull it off.
Well, it’s good to see the progressives lose one every now and then. I hate to be like that, but can’t I indulge in a bit of Schadenfreude now and then?