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 several 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 most recent book was released in 2014 by the Hoover Institution Press, titled Democracy's Dangers and Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama.

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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

Censure Rather Than Impeachment Won’t End The Political Divide

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

What concessions to progressive fanatics really accomplish.

Analysis and Commentary

Will Justice For Trump Be Served In The DOJ Inspector General Report?

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

When solidarity and loyalty are more important than truth or justice.

InterviewsNational Security

Bruce Thornton On The John Batchelor Show: The Rising Of The Iranians & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Bruce Thorntonvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bruce Thronton discusses his Front Page Magazine article "Time to Support the Iranian Protestors."

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

Peggy Noonan Reminds Us Why Trump Won

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, November 22, 2019

Three years after outsider Donald Trump blew up the political world with his implausible victory over the consummate insider, Hillary Clinton, many establishment Republicans still don’t get it. From their elite cocoon, they continue to indulge the hauteur that put off ordinary voters who had grown tired of a fossilized political class that serially ignored their interests.

Analysis and Commentary

Time To Support The Iranian Protestors

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Is this our last chance to stop Iran without lethal force?


Democrats, Tyranny, And Income Inequality

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Friday, November 15, 2019

How progressives mask their envy and lust for power.

Democrat's Donkey
Analysis and Commentary

Democrats, Tyranny, And Sophistry

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Something more ancient and dangerous is going on than just the usual Democrat double standards.

Analysis and Commentary

The Moral Idiocy Of Linguistic Segregation

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A reflection on the brouhaha over Trump's use of the word "lynching".


Bruce Thornton: Reviewing And Regretting America's Foreign Entanglements

interview with Bruce Thorntonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bruce Thornton discusses his FrontPage Magazine article "Don’t Blame Trump for Syria."

Analysis and Commentary

Don’t Blame Trump For Syria

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Blame our schizophrenic foreign policy.