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 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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Analysis and Commentary

Democrats Face Disaster From Their Racialist Identity Politics

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Another portent of doom for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats’ Politicized Gun Control Script

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Mag
Monday, June 13, 2022

For those of us of a certain age, we know that every time some psychopath shoots up a school and murders students, the Democrats will respond with their clichéd demagogic script.

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Globalists Try To Sell 'European Unity'

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Thursday, June 9, 2022

But dubious happy-talk can’t hide the real lesson of the Ukraine war.

Analysis and Commentary

Green Energy Chickens Coming Home To Roost

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, June 2, 2022

America is under siege. Our founding principles are under attack as they have never been before. Not even the Confederates trashed the Constitution or attempted to set up a Ministry of Truth to censor every idea they disagreed with.

Analysis and Commentary

The Baneful Politics Of The Therapeutic Sensibility

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The most important casualty of our obsession with feelings.

Analysis and Commentary

The Biden Administration’s Assault On Charter Schools

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Almost 40 years ago, the report A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Reform appeared. It documented the failure of public schools to teach the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for a good education.

Analysis and Commentary

Another Mass Shooting, Another Tsunami Of Progressive Propaganda

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, May 16, 2022

The war on our Constitution - and its stand for unalienable rights - continues.

Analysis and Commentary

Attacks On Supreme Court Justices Are The Real Assaults On Democracy

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

What really lies behind the national tantrum on the Left.

Analysis and Commentary

High Noon In The USA

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Since the Sixties the Left has been expanding its influence throughout our nation and its institutions. But decades earlier communism had already established a foothold in the U.S. starting in the early 20th century.

Analysis and Commentary

Diversity, Free Speech, And The 'Woke' Assault On America

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Mag
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Tech plutocrat Elon Musk announces he is buying Twitter to liberate this “virtual town square” from one-sided political censorship - and he is met with hysterical charges that he is attacking free speech.

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