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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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.

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The Left's Reticence On Islam

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Recent terrorist attacks have made clear that progressivism is a bankrupt ideology. 

Analysis and Commentary

Trump’s Words, Hillary’s Deeds

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

And the media's glaring double standards.

Analysis and Commentary

The Complete Infidel's Guide To Iran

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Robert Spencer's new and indispensable book on the mullahs -- and their aims of global conquest.

The Marketing of the Democratic Candidate

by Bruce Thornton
Monday, August 1, 2016

What's left to justify a Hillary presidency?

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And NATO

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A sober look at "the alliance."

Analysis and Commentary

Terrorism In The Therapeutic Age

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, July 21, 2016

When politicians will give solemn and empty speeches laced with even emptier threats.

Analysis and Commentary

Dallas And Progressive Moral Idiocy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Why black lives don't really matter to the Left.

Analysis and Commentary

Bad Ideas Created Benghazi

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The deadly cost of trying to sever Islamic terrorism from its roots.

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The EU-Progressive Paradigm is Falling Apart

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, June 27, 2016

The rise of populist and patriotic passions.

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