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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Still Blind To The Costs Of Illegal Immigration

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Thursday, July 30, 2015

What really explains Trump’s rapid climb to the top of the polls.

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The Truth About Western “Colonialism”

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our careless language about imperialism breeds bad foreign policy in the Middle East. 

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More Sanctions Wouldn’t Have Stopped Iran

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Magazine
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Critics of President Obama’s recent deal with Iran have rejected the president’s assertion that the only alternative to his deal is war. They think that more aggressive sanctions could have changed Iran’s behavior, given the economic costs the current sanction regime has inflicted.

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The Iran Failure Has Many Fathers

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Everybody knows the deal with Iran is a disaster.

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The President’s Looking-Glass Islamic World

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

Obama may have forgotten about “war with Islam,” but war with Islam has not forgotten about him.

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Carter And Obama: How To Fail At Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Sunday, July 5, 2015

Who will win the title of worst foreign policy president?

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The Orwellian King-Burwell Majority

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Troubling implications beyond the further erosion of the separation of powers.

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Inside Every Liberal Is A Totalitarian Screaming To Get Out: The UC’s Assault On Academic Free Speech

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Since ancient Athens free speech has been at the heart of political freedom. “Free men have free tongues,” as Sophocles said, for freedom depended on citizens empowered to speak freely in the public deliberations about policy and the laws through which they governed.

Trust Me, You Fool

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

That gibe about the “stupidity of the American voter” is as old as Athens and as modern as a federal technocrat.

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Islam Through The Looking Glass

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Westerners fundamentally misunderstand the religion that motivates the jihadists. 

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