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 UN Is Beyond Reform

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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

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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.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s “Shameful Betrayal” Of Israel

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Netanyahu calls it right.

Analysis and Commentary

The Dems’ Latest Excuse For Losing

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Putin is now -- suddenly -- everywhere.

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The United States Of Crybabies

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

America’s therapeutic view of human nature threatens our political order.

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Obama Wants To Create More Victims Of White Privilege

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

More phony racial “identities” -- for more racial conflict.

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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.

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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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