Jason Jorjani

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Jason Reza Jorjani
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Manhattan, New York
NationalityAmerican
OccupationLecturer 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 wanted to commit for the Iranian Alt-Right (Iranian Renaissance).[3]

Biography[edit]

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.[4]

Views[edit]

Spencer and Jorjani had met at a National Policy Institute conference, at which both of them spoke, that became famous after attendees gave Roman salutes (interpreted as Nazi salutes) as Spencer led the crowd in shouting "Hail Trump!"[5] Jorjani's ideas have been described as similar to those of Dark Enlightenment philosopher Nick Land.[6]

Jorjani claims to not be a nationalist or racist, and identifies himself as a progressive and a feminist.[7]

In 2019, Jorjani pledged his support for Tulsi Gabbard in the 2020 presidential election.

Controversy[edit]

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.[8][9] He has predicted that Muslim citizens and immigrants will be deported from Europe by 2050.[10]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (December 16, 2016). "New Scrutiny for a Ph.D." Inside Higher Education.
  5. ^ Gray, Rosie (12 January 2017). "A 'One-Stop Shop' for the Alt-Right". The Atlantic.
  6. ^ Goldhill, Olivia (18 June 2017). "The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophiles". Quartz.
  7. ^ "Who is Jason Reza Jorjani?". October 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Mazzola, Jessica (26 September 2017). "NJIT prof suspended over video of him discussing Hitler's legacy". NJ.com.
  9. ^ Mazzola, Jessica (22 September 2017). "Alt-right N.J. professor who foresees return of concentration camps under fire". NJ.com.
  10. ^ "Identity Evropa and Arktos Media — Likely Bedfellows". Southern Poverty Law Center. 26 September 2017.

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