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Bruce Thornton

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Bruce S. Thornton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, grew up on a cattle ranch in Fresno County, California. He received his BA in Latin from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1975, as well as his PhD in comparative literature–Greek, Latin, and English–in 1983. Thornton is currently a professor of classics and humanities at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of nine books on a variety of topics, including Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization; Searching for Joaquin: Myth, Murieta, and History in California; with Victor Davis Hanson, Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in an Impoverished Age; Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow-Motion Suicide; and most recently The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich, and Obama's America. His numerous essays and reviews on Greek culture and civilization and their influence on Western civilization, as well as on other contemporary political and educational issues, have appeared in both scholarly journals and magazines such as the New Criterion, Commentary, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Claremont Review of Books. Thornton is also a regular contributor to online magazines such as City Journal and Advancing a Free Society. He has lectured at many colleges and universities and at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Army War College, and the Air Force Academy; he has also appeared on television on the History Channel and ABC’s Politically Incorrect. His next book, to be released in July 2014 by the Hoover Institution Press, is titled Democracy's Dangers and Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama.

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Jerusalem
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The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, July 21, 2014

Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. 

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Inventing Freedom. How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Friday, July 18, 2014

The fundamental incoherence of multiculturalism comes from its cultural relativism that posits no one way of life is better than another, but then singles out the West as a uniquely oppressive global villain.

The Enduring Question

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

All the complexities of constitutional theory and American political history come down to a single question: will citizens control their rulers, or vice versa?

Jerusalem
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Moral Equivalence, Moral Idiocy

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, July 7, 2014

Scenes all too familiar from the Arab conflict with Israel have followed the murder last Wednesday of a 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. 

Liberty in the United States
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The Progressive Assault on the Legacy of Independence Day

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day is a good time to revisit the foundations of our political order, especially given the long record of Barack Obama and the Democrats’ disregard for the Constitution. 

Democracy's Dangers and Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Press
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By democracy we usually mean a government comprising popular rule, individual human rights and freedom, and a free-market economy.

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The Language of Despotism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Words are the first victims of tyranny and aggression at home and abroad. 

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Melancholy Lessons from Iraq

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The unfolding collapse of Iraq’s government before the legions of al Qaeda jihadists is the capstone of Barack Obama’s incompetent and politicized foreign policy. 

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Immigration and America’s Failure of Nerve

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, June 19, 2014

The number of unaccompanied children from Central America into the U.S. has reached 47,000 since October, and may hit 90,000 by the end of this year. 

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The Progressive Gitmo Myth

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, June 9, 2014

The swap of probable deserter Bowe Bergdahl for 5 “high-risk” Guantánamo detainees is about more than political public relations. By releasing some of the worst murderers, this deal prepares the ground for Obama’s long-term goal of shutting down the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and releasing the remaining detainees.

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