Jason Jorjani

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Jason Reza Jorjani
Born 1981
Manhattan, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Lecturer and former editor-in-chief of alt-right publisher Arktos Media

Jason Reza Jorjani (born 1981) is a former New Jersey Institute of Technology lecturer and former editor-in-chief of alt-right publisher Arktos Media.[1][2] He was also the founder of the AltRight Corporation and AltRight.com, which he collaborated on with alt-right leader Richard Spencer before resigning in August 2017, for the stated reason that he was concerned about the populist base Spencer was cultivating.[3] Spencer and Jorjani had met at a National Policy Institute conference, at which both of them spoke, that became famous after attendees gave Nazi salutes as Spencer led the crowd in shouting "Hail Trump!"[4] Jorjani's ideas have been described as similar to those of Dark Enlightenment philosopher Nick Land.[5]

Jorjani was born and raised in Manhattan, New York, the only child of an Iranian immigrant father and a mother whose ethnicity he describes as a "Northern European mix."[1] He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University, and received a PhD in philosophy from Stony Brook University on Long Island in 2013.[6]

In September 2017, Jorjani was suspended from his teaching position at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in response to a covert video in which Jorjani predicted a future where concentration camps would return to Europe and Adolf Hitler would appear on European currency. Jorjani claimed that his remarks were taken out of context, and that the prediction was a warning, not an endorsement.[7][8]

Due to his commentary about Jahweh, Allah, and certain high-ranking Nazi officials, Jorjani has been accused of antisemitism and Islamophobia, both of which he vehemently denies.[9]

In a New York Times interview, Jorjani claimed to be in touch with people who have a direct line to U.S. President Donald Trump. In response, a White House spokesperson said, "We have no knowledge of any conversations or contact with this person."[10]

References

  1. ^ a b Mazzola, Jessica (27 September 2017). "I'm a leftist, not a Nazi, says N.J. professor at center of Hitler video controversy". NJ.com.
  2. ^ Porter, Tom (20 September 2017). "An alt-right chief boasted to an undercover activist of secret links to the White House". Newsweek.
  3. ^ Jorjani, Jason (20 September 2017). "Why I Left the Alt-Right".
  4. ^ Gray, Rosie (12 January 2017). "A 'One-Stop Shop' for the Alt-Right". The Atlantic.
  5. ^ Goldhill, Olivia (18 June 2017). "The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophiles". Quartz.
  6. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (December 16, 2016). "New Scrutiny for a Ph.D." Inside Higher Education.
  7. ^ Mazzola, Jessica (26 September 2017). "NJIT prof suspended over video of him discussing Hitler's legacy". NJ.com.
  8. ^ Mazzola, Jessica (22 September 2017). "Alt-right N.J. professor who foresees return of concentration camps under fire". NJ.com.
  9. ^ Fluss, Harrison (11 March 2017). "Aliens, Antisemitism, and Academia". Jacobin.
  10. ^ Singal, Jesse (19 September 2017). "Undercover With the Alt-Right". New York Times.

External links

  • Official site
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