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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Analysis and Commentary

Iran’s Attack On Saudi Arabia Reveals Our Foreign Policy Muddle

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

We're stuck in fossilized paradigms while our enemies grow stronger.

Analysis and Commentary

Let’s Not Make A Deal With The Taliban

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, September 9, 2019

A minefield is ahead if we do.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressives’ Cynical Exploitation Of Mass Shootings

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, September 2, 2019

The callous privileging of one sort of death over another.

Analysis and Commentary

NY Times’ 1619 Project Puts Slavery At The Center Of America’s Founding

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Magazine
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Last week the New York Times embarrassed itself twice. First, a transcript was leaked of editor Dean Baquet’s exhortation to reporters that the Russian-collusion fiction having been exploded, they now needed to focus on the endemic “racism” and “white supremacism” of Trump and his supporters in order to defeat the president. Next, as the “theory” behind this partisan journalistic “praxis,” the self-proclaimed “paper of record” announced the “1619 Project,” a series of articles and essays showing “that nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.”

Analysis and Commentary

When 'White' Became An Ideology - And Not A Human Reality

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Magazine
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How "anti-racists" exploit “whiteness” to feather their own political nest.

 
 
Analysis and Commentary

Why Won't Progressives Embrace Trump?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Golda Meir is credited with saying, “Israel is the Jew among nations.” In the speeches of global leaders and the pronouncements of the UN–– the so-called global “community” that strains out the besieged, liberal-democratic Israel gnat while swallowing whole herds of murderous tyrannical camels–– this international form of anti-Semitism is blatantly obvious behind the thread-bare veil of “anti-Zionism.”

Analysis and Commentary

Politicizing Murder With Lies

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Monday, August 5, 2019

The bodies in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton were still in the morgue when the progressive “carrion-picking crows” started politicizing the murders. But everything they said about gun control, “white nationalism,” and Trump’s culpability was based on lies and stale clichés recycled for political gain.

Featured

As Police Prestige Declines, Crime Increases And Civilization Weakens

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, August 1, 2019

In the latest of a string of municipal police stand-downs, New York City officers slunk away after a jeering crowd dumped water on them. In a separate incident in Harlem, an officer was hit on the head with a hard-plastic bucket. This retreat from an assault on the law was not as consequential as that of Portland police who did nothing as journalist Andy Ngo got assaulted and injured by Antifa thugs, but it bespeaks a dangerous trend: The growing disdain for the prestige of law enforcement officers, who now are politically handcuffed and prevented from doing their jobs.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Rally Triggers The Republican Parsons

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Monday, July 22, 2019

Never Trumpers pander to the Left’s totalitarian rules for speech.

Analysis and Commentary

American-Hating Americans Are The Ultimate Ingrates And Hypocrites

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Once again, Trump stands up for Americans who love their country.

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