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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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Threatens Democracy!

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Where are Trump's critics about Obama’s executive tyranny and Hillary’s promises to swell the Federal Leviathan?

Analysis and Commentary

Trump, Politics, And Our Sexual Schizophrenia

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, October 10, 2016

Conservatives should know better than to so quickly validate a dishonest narrative that benefits the other side.


Congressional Democrats And Selective Justice

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, October 3, 2016

Obama suffers his first veto override.


Trump Vs. Clinton, Round One

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, September 29, 2016

The modern political debate format and its disservice to voters.

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Clinton-Trump: Not Such A Melodrama

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Voters and politicians are not as polarized as they seem—they want less guns abroad and more butter at home.

Robert Gates’ Stealth Endorsement Of Hillary

by Bruce Thornton
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gates' intriguing vision of who can and cannot be redeemed.

Analysis and Commentary

North Korea And The Delusions Of International Diplomacy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The high cost of clinging to our superstitions and myths about our superior knowledge.

Analysis and Commentary

Fifteen Years After 9/11, And America Still Sleeps

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, September 9, 2016

Fifteen years after the carnage of 9/11, American foreign policy is still mired in its fossilized dogmas and dangerous delusions. We interpreted the attacks as crimes, not battles in a war, and reflections of poverty, autocracy, or vague “evil,” rather than as the fulfillment of Allah’s divine commands.


We Citizens Have To Guard The Media 'Guardians'

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, September 2, 2016

It was the progressives of the late 19th century, constantly touting their desire to “perfect” American democracy and better serve the “people,” who had a different solution to the problem of what we would call media bias.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Starts The 'Conversation'

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, August 22, 2016

Shining light on the group that Hillary Clinton’s policies have harmed most.