“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” Mark Twain reportedly said. In my various articles published in Alaska Watchman, I similarly reiterated that, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but patterns of historic events do.” Indeed, yesterday will never become today or tomorrow, but the patterns, or the “rhymes,” of historic events will.

Let me define my terms — history, reality, facts, truth, and beauty — since they are important to the objectives of this essay.

Just like beauty, truth also is “in the eye of the beholder.” And even though history is created by facts (facts actually occurred in reality, which is independent of human minds and desires), it becomes a story told by storytellers, and the biases and viewpoints of the storytellers become very much a part of that history; and what people remember of those stories depends on their own biases and viewpoints, too. So, history, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Radical far-left activists demanded from Anchorage and Juneau City Assemblies to pass ceasefire resolutions between Israel and Gaza, including the condemnation of Israel’s military operations in Gaza in defending their country, citizens and livelihood.

Thus, history can be rewritten to be politically correct, and once the new story becomes the one people have learned, it becomes unimportant whether it really happened or not. Indeed, today we are living in the bleakly dystopian Orwell’s 1984 science fiction. George Orwell’s dystopian novel about the dangers of totalitarianism, warns against a world governed by far-left propaganda, surveillance and censorship.

Interestingly, the job of Winston Smith (the protagonist in George Orwell’s novel), while working for the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, was to rewrite historical documents so they match the constantly changing current party line. This involves rewriting newspaper articles and doctoring photographs — actually, rewriting history — so they would correspond with whatever new history was being told today.

There you go — truth and history being tied together by facts that simply need to be rewritten by clever progressive activists to change history. This is a reality of today’s progressive movement wrapped in the neo-Marxist ideology, namely: Pro-Palestinian activism, Black Lives Matter, White Privilege doctrine, Critical Race Theory, Systemic Racism, and ANTIFA.

Today, worldwide antisemitism, pro-Palestinian activism, vandalism and insane anti-Israel protests were triggered by Hamas’ heinous terrorist attack on Israel on October 7, 2023. Mostly misinformed and brainwashed young individuals, pumped up by progressive educated elite and far-left media, suddenly found a “cause and mission” in their life and the reason to stand for something that they clearly do not understand very well.

These “world peace” activists, for the most part, have no historic, ethnic, geographic or theological connections with the Middle East, particularly Gaza and Israel. They cannot clearly explain the concepts of genocide, apartheid and occupation in relation to the Israel/Gaza-Hamas history and today’s conflict between these two countries, yet these radical protesters are demanding ceasefire in Gaza, condemnation of Israel in defending itself and an end to Israel’s military efforts in eradicating the terrorist Hamas organization.

Recently, the radical far-left activists demanded from Anchorage and Juneau City Assemblies to pass ceasefire resolutions between Israel and Gaza, including the condemnation of Israel’s military operations in Gaza in defending their country, citizens and livelihood. 

Such resolutions open the door for the far-left radicals to initiate other aggressive demands, hypothetically, including destructions of Jewish properties, vandalism against of pro-Israel political leaders, burning books of prominent Jewish authors (e.g., Sholem Aleichem, Michael Chabon, Franz Kafka, Lion Feuchtwanger, Menachem Mendel Dolitsky [my great-great uncle], etc.). Who knows what else is hidden in their horrific “toolbox.” For example, recently over 33 campaign signs for Mayor Dave Bronson have been vandalized in Anchorage by far-left pro-Palestinian activists.

In fact, these are similar historic patterns that occurred in the Nazi Germany from the 1930s through the mid-1940s. We are all well aware of the rise of Nazism in Europe and the consequences of these historic patterns.

Evidently, pro-Palestinian protests and activism are not random and spontaneous undertakings. These anti-Semitic protests are well planned, organized and funded. They include a far-left agenda, professional neo-Marxist leaders and provocateurs. 

Patriotic and rational American citizens and our political leaders must prevent these anti-Semitic developments in our country by standing for Judeo-Christian moral values, advocating for good over evil and protecting and preserving freedom, liberty and factual truth.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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The history of the radical left doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes

Alexander Dolitsky
The writer was raised in the former Soviet Union before settling in the U.S. in 1978. He moved to Juneau in 1986 where he has taught Russian studies at the University of Alaska, Southeast. He is now director of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center and has published extensively in the fields of anthropology, history, archaeology, and ethnography.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    “Patriotic and rational American citizens and our political leaders” This statement is where the breakdown is consistently happening! Our leaders ( dunleavy ) have done very little to prevent the overthrow of our society! Passive, pathetic, and permissive, maybe I should include perverse, is what can be expected from our current leadership! Progressive is too much of an oxymoron!

  • George says:

    The Supreme Court has to rule that Islam is not a religion, but a political organization that intends to enslave humankind. Then we can ban mosques and tear down the 3,000 that have already been built in the United States.