As the saying goes: “History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.” It’s a popular phrase, because it rings true.
But couldn’t a similar also apply regarding science fiction? Something along the lines of: “Science fiction’s past predictions don’t repeat in the present, but often times the present rhymes with those predictions.” More on that in a moment.
But first, consider a tumultuous year in America: Race riots in cities across the land. Young people in the streets, violently seeking to replace the old order with a new, Marxist one. A Presidential election year – one with a media-despised Republican candidate, and a generationally divided Democrat Party running an old war horse (of declining health) as its nominee.
2020? Very much so. But is also describes 1968. Now let’s review some of the “rhymes.”
1968: Race riots in multiple cities? Check. Young people pursuing a Marxist revolution? Check – SDS and its budding offshoot, the Weather Underground. A media despised Republican candidate? Check – Richard Nixon. A generationally divided Democrat Party? Check – the “youth” were rioting outside the Democrat Convention in Chicago. (Four years later they became the McGovern wing inside the Democrat convention. Later still many of them became college professors, spawning the likes of today’s “Squad” and BLM and Antifa. In other words, the 1960’s revolutionaries now control the Progressive movement, the media, academia and the Democrat Party). An old warhorse with declining health as the Democrat nominee? Check – Hubert Humphrey.
2020: Race riots in multiple cities? Check – under the auspices of Marxist front groups called “Black Lives Matter” and “Antifa.” Young people pursuing a Marxist revolution? Check – Antifa, etc. A media-despised Republican candidate? Check – Donald Trump. A generationally divided Democrat Party? Check – the “Bernie” / “Squad” and Silicon Valley faction versus the Pelosi – Schumer – Wall Street establishment of the Democrat Party (or should we say, former establishment of the Democrat Party)? An old warhorse of declining health as the Democrat nominee? Check – Joe Biden.
1968 also witnessed the premier of a Star Trek episode titled Patterns of Force. We won’t here recount the entire storyline (which you can peruse at your leisure at the link above). For now, ponder “doesn’t repeat, but rhymes” as you watch this video montage from it (4:27):