Protein Wisdom (blog)

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Protein Wisdom is a libertarian weblog created by former academic and sometime fiction writer Jeff Goldstein—a self-described classical liberal.


Barrett Brown of The Huffington Post has described the blog as catering to "one of the most collectively cerebral audiences one may find within the right side of the blogosphere".[1] Goldstein's respect for the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson is an enduring theme, as is his sardonic allusions to such popular cult figures as Martha Stewart and the fictional Billy Jack. The blog is known for its bawdy overtones, surrealistic sense of humor, and biting wit.[2]


Goldstein vocally opposed the abrupt change of financial arrangements by Pajamas Media in 2009, which deprived him — and other bloggers such as The Anchoress and Ace of Spades HQ — of income from PJM-mediated advertising. He also publicly chastised those he refers to as GOP pragmatists or realists for their criticism of Rush Limbaugh's answer to a question about the coming Obama presidency, once again relying on linguistics and hermeneutics to make the point that "losing more slowly" is still losing, and that there is nothing more pragmatic, as a political strategy, than standing on principle[3]

In 2016, he was a vocal critic of the Trump nomination and of the idea of "White Nationalism," likening it to an "identity politics of the right."[4]

Recently, however, he has praised the effectiveness of many Trump Administration policies and expressed a willingness to support his re-election campaign under the right circumstances.

Deborah Frisch incident[edit]

On July 4, 2006, University of Arizona adjunct professor Deborah Frisch started writing comments at Protein Wisdom. Two days later, she wrote "You live in Colorado, I see. Hope no one JonBenets your baby." She then added: "I reiterate: If some nutcase kidnapped your child tomorrow and did to him what was done to your fellow Coloradan, JonBenet Ramsey, I wouldn't give a damn."[5] She later resigned and apologized,[6] saying "I don’t think professors should do that. I crossed the line."[7] Her behavior gained nationwide news coverage.[8] Following further incidents, Goldstein obtained a restraining order and preliminary injunction against her. Goldstein has said he took temporary breaks from blogging to deal with continued harassment from Frisch, who has faced continued legal problems since her relocation to the Pacific Northwest.[9] Conservative bloggers have alleged cyberstalking and other strange behavior by Frisch since then.[9][10] In 2015, Frisch was arrested four times on charges including stalking, menacing, criminal trespass, and initiating a false police report.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ Brown, Barrett (October 6, 2009). "Protein Wisdom and the Radness of Crowds". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Kurtz, Howard (February 9, 2007). "Strafing the Speaker". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 6, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "How I learned to stop worrying and love the f-bomb - Hot Air Hot Air". March 9, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Politics (September 6, 2016). "The Alt-Right Is The Mirror Image Of The New Left". The Federalist. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Calhoun, Patricia (July 20, 2006). "Blog Eat Blog". Denver Westword. Archived from the original on 2006-11-25. Retrieved June 6, 2007.
  6. ^ Smith, Kim (July 11, 2006). "UA lecturer resigns over blogs furor". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved June 6, 2007.
  7. ^ "Blog insult costs former UO professor her job - BlueOregon". July 2006. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Hume, Brit (July 12, 2006). "Professor Goes Postal". Special Report with Brit Hume. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  9. ^ a b Goldstein, Jeff (July 12, 2007). "Thanks, everyone". Protein Wisdom. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved July 13, 2007.
  10. ^ "Deborah Frisch Timeline".
  11. ^ "Police charge woman in stalking case - City Region - Eugene, Oregon". Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "Woman jailed again on false report charge - City Region - Eugene, Oregon". Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "DEBORAH ELLEN FRISCH - Eugene Daily News - Eugene Daily News". Retrieved May 14, 2017.

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