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 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

The Right Way To Honor Veterans

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The sacredness of Veterans Day -- and our obligations to the heroes.
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The Religion of Environmentalism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 6, 2015

Those who worship nature long for a paradise that never was.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressive Lunacy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The stupid party unmasked.

Nuclear bomb's tell-tale mushroom cloud
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Meet The Missile Challenge With The Anti-Missile Response

by Bruce Thorntonvia Strategika
Friday, October 30, 2015

Challenge and response has been the dynamic of warfare since the beginning of civilization.

Analysis and Commentary

Can Hillary Clinton Complete The Fundamental Transformation?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Some may argue that the two terms of Barack Obama have already taken us a long way down the road to fulfilling Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform America.” The hypertrophic expansion of the federal government funded by $8 trillion in deficits, runaway entitlement spending in programs like food stamps and Social Security Disability Insurance, Obamacare’s highjacking of one-sixth of the economy, the out-of-control regulatory intrusions of federal agencies like the EPA and legislation like Dodd-Frank, and the tyrannical abuse of executive power through unilateral executive orders that usurp the powers of Congress­­–– all are developments that would horrify the crafters of the Constitution’s divided government.

Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats’ Political Tourette’s Syndrome

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Reflexively barking out slogans and soundbites that offer nothing for a nation.


The Middle East And Orwellian Historical Arguments

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, October 16, 2015

When lies are the foundation of policies.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Schizophrenic Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An analysis of a recipe for serial disasters.

Analysis and Commentary

The Roots Of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

And why the catastrophes are so consistent.


Three Classic Movies That Explain Hillary

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, September 25, 2015

At this stage, only Hollywood can provide us with useful psychological insights.