by Colin Liddell

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Australian dissident nationalist and body builder, born 1989, well known for his "chad" physique and general good looks.

He is unfortunately "associated" with some people who can only be described as Neo-Nazis, and the groups he has been active in—the United Patriots Front and the Lads Society—even attracted the attention of Brenton Tarrant the Christchurch shooter. Cottrell has a "violent" past not associated with politics. In 2012 he was imprisoned for four months for arson and stalking directed at a love rival. He also admitted on video intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm. 

Cottrell's own "deep views" are not entirely clear, but it is possible that he shares some Neo-Nazi views based on various, apparently sincere comments he has made on social media in the past. More recently, he has shown an awareness of the problems of such associations, but all-in-all Cottrell is a sitting duck for hostile media wishing to portray sincere nationalists as Nazi nutcases.

Looking at the bigger picture, Australians have a number of characteristics that make nationalists there highly susceptible to the "Hitler Trap." Firstly, they have a culture that is more macho and working class than the other Anglo nations, and, secondly, there is a strong tradition of being against the British establishment that is only to be expected in a country founded on convict labour. This is also often associated with Catholicism (the "Mel Gibson Effect"). Both of these elements make them more likely to adopt offensive, in-your-face Naziist poses and rhetoric that can only weaken and undercut their nationalism. Sensible Aussie Nats have to be extremely aware of these potential weaknesses, no matter how much iron they pump.

Colin Liddell is the Chief Editor of Affirmative Right and the author of Interviews & Obituaries, a collection of encounters with the dead and the famous. Support his work by buying it here. He is also featured in Arktos's collection A Fair Hearing: The Alt-Right in the Words of Its Members and Leaders. although he has not identified as Alt-Right since 2018.

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