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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We’re Still Dumbing Down The Iraq War

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, May 18, 2015

Jeb Bush tangled himself up recently when he tried to answer a dumb question on the intelligence failures about Iraq’s WMDs and their role in going to war with Saddam Hussein in 2003. I’m not interested in the media’s usual pointless chatter about the incident. More troubling is the continuing dumbing down of the context and circumstances that surrounded the decision to go to war.

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The Failed Tactic of Flattering Islam Won’t Go Away

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Magazine
Sunday, May 10, 2015

The recent attack in Texas against a “draw Mohammed” event ended up with two dead jihadis and widespread criticism of event organizer Pamela Geller. The hypocrisies and ignorance behind such criticism have been amply documented, including by some on the left. But there’s another argument against actions and events like Geller’s that needs dismantling.

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Baltimore And The Betrayal Of Black Dignity

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Baltimore is the latest American city to become a stage for the farce that is our national racial discourse. The swift, politicized indictment of 6 police officers for the death of Freddie Gray––which brought down, for now, the curtain on this performance by abandoning all the canons of procedural justice–– is a fitting end to this sorry spectacle.

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Obama And The Senate Republicans

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, April 27, 2015

For 6 years Barack Obama in word and deed has battered the Constitution and slapped around the Republicans. Abetted by his Luca Brasi, Harry Reid, he has run roughshod over the separation of powers and his own oath to the highest law in the land. But instead of fighting back in kind, some Republicans have bent over backwards just to get along, a capitulation disguised as “bipartisanship.”

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Scientology And Progressivism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, April 16, 2015

The HBO documentary about Scientology, “Going Clear,” is a must-see. Not so much because it exposes Scientology as a moneymaking, totalitarian cult, something most people already have known for 50 years.

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A Foreign Policy Primer For Obama––And Rand Paul

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, April 10, 2015

The president who thinks there’s such a thing as an “Austrian” language is advising Rand Paul to “bone up on foreign policy.”

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Repeating History Yet Again

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, April 6, 2015

We all should be angry right now about the disastrous “general understanding” with Iran about its nuclear ambitions.

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The Obama-Iran Deal: Anatomy Of A Disaster

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, March 30, 2015

All the rumors from Lausanne indicate that the U.S. is on the brink of a disastrous deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

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Obama Appeases While Netanyahu Shows A Gleam Of Steel

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After the 1938 Munich conference, First Lord of the Admiralty Duff Cooper resigned in protest from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s cabinet.

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Hillary Clinton, Anti-Feminist

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Feminism originated as a struggle for equal rights. It started with voting rights, then expanded to include the dismantling of laws and customs that assumed women were incapable of running their own lives, and so had to be subjected to male overseers.

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