Bruce Thornton
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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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The Nationalist Revival

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, December 5, 2016

A look at the pushback against the denigration of national identities.

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'Healing Divisions' And 'Unity' Are Unconstitutional

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Does it matter what America's Founders wanted?

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Good Riddance Fidel

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, November 28, 2016

The last of the Cold War Soviet stooges goes the way of his masters.

Analysis and Commentary

The Progressive Disintegration

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The self-destruction of so many failed progressive gods.

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The Nationalist Revival

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 17, 2016

A surge of populism in the Western world has posed a grave challenge to the international order. 

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This Is No Time To Go Wobbly, Donald

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trump must continue to refuse to play the game.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Blows Up Received Political Wisdom

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, November 11, 2016

But political roadblocks may be ahead.

Analysis and Commentary

Will James Comey Change The Outcome Of The Election?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Is this the game-changing October surprise that many hope for -- and others dread?

Analysis and Commentary

How Trump Happened

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How the #NeverTrumpers sunk themselves.

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NATO, Brexit, and America’s Security

by Bruce Thorntonvia Analysis
Monday, October 31, 2016

The Brexit, along with Donald Trump’s criticisms of NATO, have raised questions about what a dissolution of these two multinational institutions might mean for the security and interests of the U.S. Despite justified criticisms of European NATO members’ failure to meet their financial obligations, NATO is unlikely to unravel. The British departure from the EU is more portentous. Longstanding problems with the EU reflect structural deficiencies that may not be amenable to further policy adjustments. A breakdown of the EU, however, could free up European nations to craft defense pacts and increase defense spending that would benefit America’s security.

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