Bruce Thornton

Bruce Thornton

Research Fellow

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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Scientology And Progressivism

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Thursday, April 16, 2015

The HBO documentary about Scientology, “Going Clear,” is a must-see. Not so much because it exposes Scientology as a moneymaking, totalitarian cult, something most people already have known for 50 years.

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A Foreign Policy Primer For Obama––And Rand Paul

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, April 10, 2015

The president who thinks there’s such a thing as an “Austrian” language is advising Rand Paul to “bone up on foreign policy.”

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Repeating History Yet Again

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Magazine
Monday, April 6, 2015

We all should be angry right now about the disastrous “general understanding” with Iran about its nuclear ambitions.

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The Obama-Iran Deal: Anatomy Of A Disaster

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, March 30, 2015

All the rumors from Lausanne indicate that the U.S. is on the brink of a disastrous deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

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Obama Appeases While Netanyahu Shows A Gleam Of Steel

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After the 1938 Munich conference, First Lord of the Admiralty Duff Cooper resigned in protest from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s cabinet.

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Hillary Clinton, Anti-Feminist

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Feminism originated as a struggle for equal rights. It started with voting rights, then expanded to include the dismantling of laws and customs that assumed women were incapable of running their own lives, and so had to be subjected to male overseers.

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It’s Not Just Islam, It’s the Tribal Mentality

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The “nothing to do with Islam” mantra took a hit recently in one of the premier organs of liberal received wisdom, The Atlantic.

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The E.U. Experiment Has Failed

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 5, 2015

With Christianity moribund and patriotism stigmatized, the only principle that unites Europeans is one of material comfort. 

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Bad Ideas Breed Bad Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Barack Obama’s foreign policy will go down in U.S. history as one of the most dangerously inept ever.

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‘I Am Charlie’ — Brown Variety

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, February 27, 2015

Nearly two months have passed since the global outpouring of support for the murdered staffers of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.