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

Trump Throws Out The Media’s Rule-Book

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The media savants still haven’t figured out that their rule-book is obsolete.

Analysis and Commentary

The Globalist Empire Strikes Back In France

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, May 12, 2017

The progressive elite breathes a sigh of relief.

Analysis and Commentary

The “Two-State” Diplomatic Kabuki Theater

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, May 8, 2017

Trump's grave mistakes with Abbas.

Analysis and Commentary

The Left's Continuing Homage To Communism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, May 5, 2017

Why progressives pay no price for clinging to their murderous ideology.

Analysis and Commentary

Therapeutic Universities And Soft Despotism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, May 1, 2017

The phenomenon of rich, privileged “snowflake” college students demanding “safe spaces” from “microagressions” rightly provokes derision and scorn from normal people. Those who live among the slings and arrows of the real world, where actions have consequences and one’s delicate self-esteem is a matter of indifference, can only shake their heads at such childish tantrums.

Analysis and Commentary

The Green Cult’s Holy Week

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, April 24, 2017

Hard upon Passover and Easter Week comes the two high holy days for the Green Cult, last Saturday’s Earth Day, and next Saturday’s People’s Climate March. This two-bit nature-worship calls itself “environmentalism,” but like another pseudo-science that ravaged the modern world, Marxism, this “ism” is definitely a “wasm,” its contradictions, hypocrisies, and cognitive incoherence patent. 

Analysis and Commentary

Erdogan Moves Closer To Making Turkey An Islamic State

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The making of another Islamic Republic.

Analysis and Commentary

Drain The Higher Ed. Swamp That Produced The 'Hang Trump' Prof.

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, April 14, 2017

The uproar over a Fresno State history lecturer’s tweets about assassinating President Trump is understandable, but in the end the outrage is pointless. It’s doubtful the feds will charge the fellow, given how outlandish and obviously hyperbolic the tweets are. Nor is he likely to be fired. All the commotion has accomplished is to turn a nobody into a left-wing martyr persecuted for “speaking truth to power.”

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Will Trump Reform Entitlements?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The election was hailed by many as the dawn of a conservative era. Was that wishful thinking? 


Trump Bombs Syria. Now What?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A look at what the strategic objectives should be.