Richard Berkeley Cotten: Beginnings
American Dissident Voices broadcast of 26 December, 2020
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by Kevin Alfred Strom
YULETIDE AND THE NEW YEAR are a time for new beginnings — for fellowship with and honor to friends and loved ones — and for reflection on where we have come from, on the beginnings we experienced in New Years past…. and on those who are no longer here to share this New Year with us.
That — along with the history of our cause — is the theme of our program today, which features an old friend of mine, Richard Berkeley Cotten, who is no longer with us, a pioneer of patriotic radio broadcasting who I first heard over station WFAX in Falls Church, Virginia when I was about twelve years old, around 1968. It’s probably fair to say that if Richard Cotten had never been born, there wouldn’t be any American Dissident Voices today. And anyone who has listened to this program for more than a few months has surely heard me use Mr. Cotten’s brilliant line, “Freedom is not free; free men are not equal; and equal men are not free.”
Today you’ll hear Richard Cotten being interviewed by the late Tom Metzger on Mr. Metzger’s cable television show Race and Reason in 1987. I want to thank Lone Wolf in Southern California for rescuing this interview from the memory hole and putting it up on resist.com, a site which was started by Mr. Metzger and which is now operated in his honor.
Mr. Cotten began his intellectual journey, as I did, as a conservative (a real conservative, not the Jew-bred invasive species called “neocon” so common today). But he was a conservative who evolved beyond conservatism, because he valued truth, and his people, more than he valued money or the materialistic obsessions that blind so many to what is really important.
Long before 1987, Richard Cotten had become a racial-nationalist. He was evolving religiously, too, making reference to “God as I understand Him” — and he would evolve further in his later years. He discusses the first quarter century of his patriotic efforts — including his work with people such as Robert Welch, Revilo P. Oliver, William Pierce, Benjamin Freedman, Elizabeth Dilling, and many others. He discusses how he defeated the FCC and the ADL in an important censorship case. I don’t agree with every single thing he says in this 1987 discussion — but, as I said, he was evolving. By the early 1990s, he was firmly allied with the National Alliance. He was a guest in my home, and I in his. He attended the first birthday celebration of my older son. He helped with National Alliance mailings. He recorded the opening and closing announcements for American Dissident Voices along with commentary for some of our early programs. I helped him move his office to a new facility in the Washington, DC area. I watched with pride when he defended free speech against Jewish censorhip — and defended the honor and good intentions of Adolf Hitler — on the Geraldo show.
His honesty and sincerity and nobility and gentility shine through, always. He is the personification of so much that I loved about the old America. So here is my friend, Richard Berkeley Cotten, an old acquaintance who shall never be forgot on any New Year as long as I am alive. Listen.
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