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 Cure For Media Bias

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We have long known that the progressive media no longer have any journalistic integrity. The pass given to Barack Obama on his gaffes, sketchy personal history, and dubious associates––all of which would have sunk a Republican candidate––stripped the last camouflage from reporters who used to at least try to hide their political biases and prejudices.

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The Demagogues Of 2016

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 28, 2016

History shows that the Trump phenomenon is business-as-usual in a democracy––and as dangerous.

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Here’s Mud in Your Eye

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Politics in democracies have always been rough and tumble, and we’re better off because of it.

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The “Establishment” Vs. Trump -- And The People

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The battle that crystallizes where we are after the disastrous seven years of Obama.
Analysis and Commentary

The P.C. Chronicles: Bill Of Writes, Lloyd Billingsley

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Political Correctness has become a major theme of the primary season, and with good reason. President Obama makes “Islamic” verboten when describing jihadist terror, and plays endless variations on the “nothing to do with Islam” tune in order to protect the sensibilities of Muslims.

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Trump Says What "You Can’t Say"

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, January 15, 2016

But can the American voter handle the truth?

Analysis and Commentary

2016: Year Of Decisions

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Freedom does not mean America writes you a blank check.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressive “Thought-Blockers”: Islamophobia

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A few days before the San Bernardino shootings, President Obama reacted to Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims entry into the U.S. by saying, “It is the responsibility of all Americans––of every faith––to reject discrimination.

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The Stakes In The War On Christmas

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Secularists want to drive Christianity out of the public square, but their efforts will exact a sad toll on society.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressive “Thought-Blockers”: Diversity

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The grim antithesis to liberal education.

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