Greg Johnson (white nationalist)

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Greg Johnson
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OccupationEditor-in-chief of Counter Currents Publishing
Known forWhite nationalism

Greg Johnson is an American white nationalist and advocate for a white ethnostate.[2] He is opposed to immigration and is a self-identified transphobe.[3] He is known for his role as editor-in-chief of the white nationalist imprint Counter-Currents Publishing,[4] which he founded in 2010 with Michael Polignano.[3] Counter-Currents has been called "one of the pillars of alt-right publishing".[5]

As a result of Counter-Currents' popularity, Johnson has become a high-profile international white nationalist, and is regularly invited to give talks in Europe. Through the imprint, he has published over 40 books, several of which he wrote himself, either under his real name or the pseudonym Trevor Lynch.[3] He is based in Seattle, Washington.

As a writer, Johnson has written for the anti-Semitic far-right online publication Occidental Observer.[6] On November 2, 2019, Johnson was arrested in Norway before an international far-right conference in Oslo.[7]. He was formally deported on November 4, 2019.[8]


Johnson supports the creation of ethnicity-specific white ethnostates in which only white people would live.[3] In an introduction to his book New Right vs. Old Right (2014), Johnson defines ethnonationalism as "the idea that every distinct ethnic group should enjoy political sovereignty and an ethnically homogeneous homeland or homelands." According to Johnson, this is opposed by multiculturalism.[9] He has written that "Blacks don’t find white civilization comfortable."[3]

Johnson has claimed that white nationalism is not the same as white supremacy because " is not our [white nationalists'] preference to rule over other groups. Although if forced to live under multicultural systems, we are going to take our own side and try to make sure that our values reign supreme."[3] He has also praised the late British fascist leader Oswald Mosley.[10]

Endorsing the white genocide conspiracy theory, Johnson has written that "The organized Jewish community is the principal enemy — not the sole enemy, but the principal enemy — of every attempt to halt and reverse white extinction. One cannot defeat an enemy one will not name. Therefore, White nationalism is inescapably anti-Semitic."[3]

Reproductive rights and access to birth control are also opposed by Johnson, who wrote "Get rid of all voluntary birth control. ... Voluntary birth control means that people who are far-sighted and responsible restrict their fertility, and people who are impulsive and stupid don't. So you can't leave birth control up to the individual." He made suggestions as to how to encourage women to have children earlier in their lives, in order to ensure that the white race remains viable.[11]

Johnson also calls himself "transphobic", writing that "transsexualism is a ghastly, insane phenomenon in America today, or in the white world today."[3]

Life and education[edit]

Johnson has been secretive about his personal life, and few photos of him have been published.[2][12] He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and subsequently taught philosophy at Morehouse College from February 1994 to December 1997.[3][13] In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Pacific School of Religion as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Swedenborgian Studies.[3][1]

Feud with Richard Spencer[edit]

In 2014, the white supremacist National Policy Institute (NPI) held a conference in Budapest, Hungary, to which the Hungarian government responded by threatening to arrest and deport anyone who attended the conference. Johnson, who had planned to attend, cancelled these plans and asked for a refund of his registration fees. Undeterred by the Hungarian government's threats, NPI founder Richard B. Spencer held the conference anyway, after which he was arrested and banned from Hungary for several years. Johnson subsequently wrote of Spencer that the "final straw" for him "...was Richard’s disastrous mishandling of the Budapest conference. When a foreign government tells you that your conference is banned and that the police will take the necessary steps to make sure it does not take place, you do not vow defiance." He also attacked Spencer's wife Nina Kouprianova, arguing that she was controlling her husband's actions and that she was not a white nationalist.[14][15]

Undercover investigations[edit]

In June 2017, Hope not Hate's Patrik Hermansson went undercover to interview multiple alt-right figures, including Johnson, at the Puget Sound-area white nationalist convention the Northwest Forum, which Johnson organized. When speaking to Hermansson at the convention, Johnson stated that Counter Currents was seeing a significant rise in traffic, and expressed support for the concept of ethnostates, arguing that Jews should be expelled to Israel.[16][13] Also that year, David Lewis of the Stranger went undercover at another Northwest Forum meeting, where he learned about Johnson's "secret agent" plan. This plan according to Lewis calls for Johnson and his fellow white nationalists to pretend to support diversity so "they [can] move into positions of power where they can hire other racists and keep non-whites from getting into the company."[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Gregory Johnson". Pacific School of Religion. Archived from the original on 2003-07-15. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  2. ^ a b Lewis, David (2017-10-04). "We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention". The Stranger. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Greg Johnson". Southern Poverty Law Center. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  4. ^ Welle (, Deutsche. "US white supremacist arrested in Norway | DW | 02.11.2019". DW.COM. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  5. ^ Daileda, Colin. "Meet the pillars of the white nationalist alt-right movement". Mashable. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  6. ^ Staff (ndg) "From Alt-right to Alt-lite: Naming the Hate" Anti-Defamation League
  7. ^ Cotovio, Vasco. "Norway arrests US white supremacist ahead of far-right conference". CNN. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  8. ^ Stack, Liam. "American White Nationalist Is Arrested in Norway". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  9. ^ Johnson, Greg (2014). New Right vs. Old Right. San Francisco: Counter-Currents Publishing.
  10. ^ Staff (ndg). "Financing Hate". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Staff (2018) "When Women are the Enemy -The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy" Anti-Defamation League
  12. ^ Hermansson, Patrik. "The International Alternative Right". Hope not Hate. Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ a b c Cohen, Stephen (October 4, 2017). "Inside Seattle's secretive white nationalist groups". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Hankes, Keegan (October 23, 2014). "White nationalism's exploding civil war". Salon. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Michel, Casey (December 20, 2016). "Meet the Moscow Mouthpiece Married to a Racist Alt-Right Boss". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  16. ^ Herzog, Katie (2017-09-20). "Seattle's "Nazi Ceramicist" Charles Krafft Is in the News Again". The Stranger. Retrieved 2017-11-01.

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