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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Progs Love A Man In A Uniform

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, February 19, 2018

Why the media fell in love with North Korea's Kim Yo-jong.

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The Progressives’ Legacy: Debt, Deficit, And Entitlements

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, February 16, 2018

The high cost of rejecting human nature and simple mathematics.

Analysis and Commentary

Here Comes The Dems’ Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, February 5, 2018

After FISA memo, are leftists fearful of an approaching political reckoning?

Analysis and Commentary

Identity Politics And Our Racialized Government

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Census Bureau recently has rejected changes to the census that Obama had proposed as a parting gift to the Democrats. As the party of identity politics, the progressives were going to be gifted a new bloc of clients––“MENAs,” people of “Middle Eastern and North African” descent.

Analysis and Commentary

Will The Voters Choose Sizzle Or Steak?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, January 26, 2018

How the government shutdown reveals who has the advantage going into the midterm elections.

Snowflake Feminism

by Bruce Thornton
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The disempowering and incoherent modern feminist movement.

Analysis and Commentary

The Movie That Made Moral Idiocy Chic

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How “Bonnie and Clyde” represents a milestone in the transformation of American culture.

Analysis and Commentary

The Bad Ideas Behind Attacks On Trump’s Blunt Truth

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What hysterical attacks by the president's detractors are designed to hide.

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A Lot Of Blood On A Lot Of Hands Created The Iran Threat

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Where is the punishment of the Mullahs for the American blood they have shed?

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Analysis and Commentary

The Politics Of Caesar’s Wife

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, December 28, 2017
In 62 B.C., the tribune Clodius Pulcher was caught sneaking into Julius Caesar’s house during a religious ritual forbidden to men. Clodius was allegedly attempting to seduce Caesar’s wife, Pompeia, who was hosting the ceremony and was rumored to welcome Clodius’ advances. Because the scandal happened at Caesar’s house, he divorced her.

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