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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Trump Says What "You Can’t Say"

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, January 15, 2016

But can the American voter handle the truth?

Analysis and Commentary

2016: Year Of Decisions

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Freedom does not mean America writes you a blank check.

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Progressive “Thought-Blockers”: Islamophobia

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A few days before the San Bernardino shootings, President Obama reacted to Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims entry into the U.S. by saying, “It is the responsibility of all Americans––of every faith––to reject discrimination.

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The Stakes In The War On Christmas

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Secularists want to drive Christianity out of the public square, but their efforts will exact a sad toll on society.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressive “Thought-Blockers”: Diversity

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The grim antithesis to liberal education.

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Paradigms Lost: The U.S.

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How utopian fantasies destroy.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Kind Of, Sort Of Discovers Muslim Terrorism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Romans had a saying, “Experience is the teacher of fools.” On Sunday night Obama addressed the nation about the San Bernardino attacks, and among the usual lefty Democrat talking points about preventing a “backlash” against Muslims and fretting over “assault rifles,” he gently called out the Muslim community.

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Paradigms Lost: The EU

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What are Europeans willing to fight for?

Analysis and Commentary

The Anatomy Of Denial

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, November 23, 2015

Multiculturalist delusions in an age of terrorism.

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The Incredible Shrinking President

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, November 20, 2015

It’s a sad day when the President of the United States makes a French socialist leader sound like George S. Patton.

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