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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Elizabeth Warren And The Progressive One-Drop Rule

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, October 19, 2018
The Massachusetts Senator who during her career has tried to pass as a “Native American,” a “Cherokee,” and a “woman of color” for careerist advantage, has been stoking the fires of her self-immolation ever since she released results of a DNA test to prove her claim. As the whole country knows, the tests show no such thing, since the DNA results make her between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American, a proportion less than the average American’s.
Analysis and Commentary

Kanye West And The Fugitive Slave Law

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Exposing the Left's ferocious hate for blacks who dare to think for themselves.

Analysis and Commentary

Resisting The Fraud Of The Progressive Narrative

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, October 12, 2018

During the hearings on the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh, the Democrats’ vile tactics and lust for power were widely exposed. Though Kavanaugh’s confirmation thwarted the Dems aggression, that victory should be the catalyst for a wholesale rejection of the leftist and identity politics narratives that too many Republicans accept and even practice. The first step to recovering our political health is to purge our public discourse of the illiberal and ideologically loaded ideas, and the language that assumes they are the moral norm.

Analysis and Commentary

Redemption For The NeverTrumpers?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For two years a group of Republican pundits and “wise men” have vehemently criticized Donald Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

Are We A Nation Of Snowflakes?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What's at stake for our country in the Kavanaugh confirmation.

Analysis and Commentary

Stop Appeasing The Democrats

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

From the playground to geopolitics, appeasing an aggressor invites only more aggression. This timeless truth of human nature is one that we moderns can’t seem to accept. We reflexively assume that a rational accommodation or concessions will be reciprocated by those proven to be ready to use any means necessary to achieve their aims, no matter how amoral, unfair, or vicious. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court illustrate that this false assumption leads only to more demands, and ultimately to defeat.

Analysis and Commentary

The Oslo Accords And The Failures Of Idealistic Internationalism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, September 21, 2018
Twenty-five years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat stood in front of Bill Clinton in the White House Rose Garden and shook hands to mark their signing of the Oslo Accords. This pact included handing part of Judea and Samaria to the control of Palestinian Arabs. A year later the Palestinian Authority was created as the controlling authority that still governs part of the so-called West Bank.
Analysis and Commentary

The Worst Ex-President Derby

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The real question for the rest of us is whether Obama will help or hurt the Dems in November.

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The 9/11 Attacks Were No Pearl Harbor

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Friday, September 14, 2018

Comparing the jihadist attacks on September 11, 2001 to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has become a staple of commentary on the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Google this topic and nearly half a million links will pop up; google “lesson plans” and you’ll get nearly five million hits. In the catalogue of historical analogies, the comparison of 9/11 to 12/7 is perhaps the most popular outside the historians’ guild.

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Times Op-Ed The Definitive Proof Of Never-Trump Moral Idiocy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, September 7, 2018

The New York Times’s just published an anonymous op-ed from a “senior official” in the Trump administration. 

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