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

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.

Analysis and CommentaryRelated Commentary

The EU-Progressive Paradigm is Falling Apart

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, June 27, 2016

The rise of populist and patriotic passions.

Analysis and Commentary

Stop Talking Like Progressives

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, June 23, 2016

How Republican Trumpophobes confirm the very suspicions that have driven much of Trump’s support.


This Is How Democracy Dies

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, June 13, 2016

Why more left-wing violence is likely on the horizon.

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The Dangerous Rise Of Scientism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blind faith in “settled science” has justified some of the worst horrors of human history. 

Analysis and Commentary

The False Comparison Of Trump To Hillary

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Unveiling the false equivalence.

Analysis and Commentary

Scottish Philosophy, American Morality

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, June 6, 2016

Correcting misconceptions about the founders that are too often forgotten.

Analysis and Commentary

Hillary And The FBI

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, May 20, 2016

Yet another milestone on the road to tyranny.