Samuel T. Francis Samuel T. Francis

Western Civilization
and the great legacies of
Sam Francis and Joe Sobran
and their allies

Joseph Sobran Joseph Sobran
Jon Utley

Jon Basil Utley

Remembering Jon Basil Utley: Our Champion and Yours
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos in The American Conservative magazine

In Remembrance of Jon Basil Utley (1934-2020)
by Christopher A. Preble of the Cato Institute

Jon Basil Utley, RIP (A great freedom-fighter and a wonderful friend, I will miss him so much)
by Eric Garris at

Jon Utley: The Happy Warrior
by Robert A. Schadler at

Jon Utley Learned History’s Lessons and was a Gracious Friend
by Allan Brownfeld at

Interview of Jon Utley by Barbara Hollingsworth (
Worry Less About Putin,
More About Growing Security State

A Tribute to Jon Utley

March 12, 2014

Jon Utley was honored on his 80th birthday to receive The Defender of Liberty Award from the Committee for the Republic — and to be toasted by his friends and colleagues, Francis Beckett, Norman Birnbaum, Allan Brownfeld, Alejandro Chafuen, Lee Edwards, Bruce Fein, Fran Griffin, John Henry, Dan McCarthy, and Richard Viguerie.

Jon responded with reminiscences of his action-packed life.

Links to some of Jon Basil Utley's articles:

Terrorism and Radiation:
Understanding the Real Threat To Our Cities

Evangelicals, Ron Paul and War

(in Russian)

Tribes, Veils and Democracy

Proportional Representation Creates Dysfunctional Democracies

The Cost of Boots on the Ground in Iraq

America Is Not Rome

Why We Can't Win Against Guerillas

Obama and the Alternative Energy Fiasco

The Second Children's Crusade

Understanding Dictatorships:
From Iran to Cuba,
the question of legitimacy is paramount

Alaskan Oil Abundance Versus
Washington's Wasted Billions:
The case for new oil drilling in
Alaska and off America's coasts

Sun Tzu and America's Way of War

A Foreign Policy For The Tea Party

CATO Institute Daily Podcast with Jon Utley, "Modern Conservatism and the Impulse to War." October 3, 2012 (14 minutes)

Follow-Up to Jon Utley's Podcast.
Chris Preble, Vice President for Defense
and Foreign Policy Studies at the CATO Institute discusses "War Cheerleaders Have a Poor Track Record" and Jon Utley's October 3, 2012 comments on
CATO Institute Daily Podcast
October 4, 2012

Jon Basil Utley was born in Moscow, Russia, and emigrated to America in 1939. He was Publisher of The American Conservative, the Robert A. Taft Fellow for International and Constitutional Studies at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a writer for and He wrote widely on third-world development economics, foreign policy, terrorism and civil defense. In the Nineties he worked with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation on promoting the transition to free markets in Russia and Eastern Europe.

He was a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with language studies in Germany and France. He worked from 1956-75 in South America, starting in the insurance business (American International Group in Cuba, Venezuela, and Colombia). He later founded the Bogota Bulletin, Colombia's first English-language news publication, and managed a mutual fund and insurance sales organization in South America. He then worked as a foreign correspondent in South America based in Peru for the Journal of Commerce and Knight-Ridder newspapers.

He was Associate Editor of The Times of the Americas for 12 years and a commentator on the Voice of America, debating Left-Right issues, from 1985-2003. He wrote for the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, National Review, Human Events, and the Miami Herald and is listed in Who's Who in the World & Who's Who in America. He later managed an oil drilling partnership in Pennsylvania and real estate development in Washington, D.C. In 1990 he was a co-founder with Joseph Sobran and Phil Nicolaides of the Committee to Avert a Mid-East Holocaust, which opposed the attack on Iraq.

He was Chairman of He served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Councils of many leading conservative and libertarian organizations, including Accuracy in Media, Conservative Caucus, Council for Inter-American Security, Ethics & Public Policy Center, Reason Foundation, and Solidarity America. His articles have been widely disseminated. He was fluent in French, German, and Spanish.

In 2004 he visited Vorkuta, the northernmost former concentration camp in European Russia, where his father, Arcadi Berdichevsky, was executed in 1938 for being one of three leaders of a hunger strike. He wrote the account of researching the archives and his visit to Vorkuta and the Perm concentration camp museum in the Urals. It is accessible by searching for Vorkuta Perm on Google.

In 2011, Jon Utley hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on the book, Rabbi Outcast: Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism. The book, which includes information about his mother, British-born journalist Freda Utley, was written by Jack Ross. An article describes the event. It was written by Professor W. George Krasnow, who had accompanied Utley as interpreter to Northern Russia to find the documents about his father.


Documental: Retorno al Gulag

Jon Utley's search for his father

Jon Utley was two years old in Moscow when his father, Arcadi Berdichevsky, a Russian trade official, was sent to a labor camp by the Soviet secret police. His mother, Freda Utley, escaped with Jon to England and then to America.

In 2004 and 2006, Utley, a well-known journalist, embarked upon a search to learn of his father's fate. This documentary traces Utley's journey through former labor camps and cities in northern Russia and his final uncovering of the horrible truth at the dreaded camp city of Vorkuta within the Artic Circle.

Directed by John J. Michalczyk, Return to the Gulag is a small but revealing window into Russia's turbulent 1930s. is proud to present this Etoile Production, which was funded by The Freda Utley Foundation and the Jacques Salmanowitz Program For Moral Courage in Film at Boston College. Thanks also to the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation.

For more information about the documentary, visit

For a DVD version of this program ($15 donation, plus shipping), please go to the website of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation or email

Approximately 28 minutes. @ 2024 The Freda Utley Foundation.