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

Al Gore Can’t Save The Global Warming Cult

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, July 24, 2017

Following Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, Al Gore is releasing an update of his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It’s called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, in which no doubt we will hear the same apocalyptic hysteria of its predecessor, and the same lurid predictions that will never come true. 

Analysis and Commentary

The NeverTrump Outrage Of A Disappointed Elite

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Friday, July 14, 2017

A glimpse into the divide between mass and elite in American society.


Trump Defends The West

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, July 10, 2017

While critics display their embarrassing ignorance of history.


Freedom And Tyranny: The Meaning Of Independence Day

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A reflection amidst the barbecues and fireworks and the paeans to patriotism.

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Europe Is Still Ailing

by Bruce Thorntonvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Recent elections in France, the Netherlands, and Austria, in which Eurosceptic populist and patriotic parties did poorly in national elections, suggest to some that the EU is still strong despite Britain’s vote to leave the union. Yet the problems bedeviling the EU ever since its beginnings in 1992 have not been solved. Nor are they likely to be with just some institutional tweaks and adjustments. “More Europe,” that is, greater centralization of power in Brussels at the expense of the national sovereignty of member states, is not the answer. 

Analysis and Commentary

Is Bob Mueller The Establishment’s Stalking Horse?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, June 19, 2017

The threats to our constitutional posed by the special counsel investigation.

Analysis and Commentary

Congressional Hearings And Witch-Hunts

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

America’s longest running soap opera is not General Hospital. It’s the Congressional Hearing, usually a venue for pontificating, show-boating, histrionics, preening for the cameras, insulting political enemies, and accomplishing little of value. Meanwhile the real work of the Republic either gets neglected or proceeds in silence at a glacial pace.

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Prestige As A Tool Of Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump is reasserting America’s strength on the world stage.  

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The Article Five Shibboleth

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Thursday, June 8, 2017

U.S. president makes another wise move on NATO.

Analysis and Commentary

The Gruesome Jihadist Deja Vu

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Welcome to the new normal for a Western civilization.