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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Analysis and Commentary

Politics In A Democracy Is War By Other Means

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Since the election of Donald Trump the “partisan divide” has escalated into a “Civil War,” according to many commentators. “The Fight for Washington” headlines a PJ Media column. The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman says Trump’s election was a political “Pearl Harbor.” The intelligence community is rumored to be at “war” with Trump. Progressive Democrats have organized a “Resistance,” as though their party is occupied France during World War II.

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What Does Rex Tillerson Need To Know?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Secretary of State’s lack of experience may actually be an asset in his tenure as head diplomat. 

Analysis and Commentary

Leftism: From Bloody Tragedy To Therapeutic Parody

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, February 13, 2017

But the danger is still as real as ever.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Should Reject The Failed “Peace Process”

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

President Trump has made a lot of bold moves in his first few weeks in office. Judged by the mainstream media’s lies, fake news, distortions, and hysteria, his executive actions on immigration, oil pipelines, rolling back federal regulations, and firing an insubordinate acting Attorney General are on the money. But a few of his foreign policy moves are questionable.

Time To Abandon The 'Terrorist Recruitment' Delusion

by Bruce Thornton
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What really motivates jihadists.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Challenges The Internationalist Order

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What the hysterical response of the opposition tells us.


Can Trump Bell The Progressive Cat?

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Friday, January 27, 2017

The battle to shrink the last half-century of hypertrophied statism and leftist tyranny.

Analysis and Commentary

Postmortem On A 'Political Corpse'

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Thursday, January 19, 2017

What the Obama years represent about our political order and its future.

Analysis and Commentary

The UN Is Beyond Reform

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

D.C. isn’t the only swamp our new president needs to drain.


The Campus War Against Israel And The Jews

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fostering vicious lies about a bastion of liberal democracy in a sea of tyanny and hate.