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Story of Freedom – In Memoriam of Dr. Fears (Mar 1945 – Oct 2012)

December 6, 2012

The following video …  Clouded Horizon:  The Future of American Freedom is a recording of Dr. Fear’s last lecture before he passed away this October; it is published in his memory.

“Dr. Fears was an American historian, scholar, teacher and author on the subjects of ancient history, the history of liberty, and the lessons of history.”

The University of Oklahoma

There are a number of memorable quotes in this lecture, for example beginning at the 2:45 mark…

“It is exactly when a nation is at its height that a leader must exhibit the most important attribute of leadership and that is [pause] …  foresight!… foresight!…  Already in the 5th century B.C. the profound historian Thucydides said that foresight was the most critical attribute of a great leader.  And foresight is the ability to see a problem before it becomes a problem, and to solve it with a solution that is good in both the short… and in the long term.”

I highly recommend watching the entire video that honors Dr. J Rufus Fears, he was unique among professors and the section covering the perils of President Obama’s 1st term begins at the 19:00 mark and is particularly notable.  I for one am very thankful for his years of service as a teacher.

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