The Man With The World’s Highest IQ Is Gaining A Following On The Far Right

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Christopher Langan may have the highest IQ in the world. So why is he gaining a following among the far right? A recent article from the Baffler examined the phenomenon, likening Langan to “Alex Jones with a thesaurus.”

Langan, now in his sixties, has been a curiosity for nearly 25 years, a man who has clocked his own IQ somewhere north of 190 (Albert Einstein wasn’t quite there, apparently) who has mostly worked as a bouncer in a bar, and never attained any significant professional roles or published any serious academic work.

He’s been the subject of several profiles, from Esquire magazine to Malcolm Gladwell. (He makes an appearance in “Outliers.”) The documentarian Errol Morris even interviewed Langan: