Professor Bruce S. Thornton, is a professor of Classics at the University of California at Fresno. He has written a sequel to Edith Hamilton's landmark book "The Greek Way." Thornton's book is entitled "Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization." It is a must read. According to Professor Thornton, the wisdom of the Greeks which is under daily assault from the Multiculturalists in the West, is needed more than ever today, because "the road that the Greeks have cleared is likeliest to be the only one that can lead to the greatest degree of satisfaction for humanity."
Although others label him a conservative, Professor Thornton describes himself thus: " I question everything, I seek the truth, and let the political chips fall where they may." He sees Multiculturalism as one of the main threats to the survival of the West and its civilization. In an interview in 2001, he amplified his view that Multiculturalism is "the ideological heir of the romantic nationalism which was so prominent in the 19th century, and whose monstrous descendant includes modern-day fascism. The idea that human beings are to be defined and acquire worth based on the chance happenstance of their birth into an ethnic category -- which is ostensibly possessed of mysterious and unique attributes -- is totally irreconcilable with the ideals of a free and democratic society. Multiculturalism, therefore, by its nature, enhances and increases the "politics of identity," the effort to insure preferences, rights, etc., for whole categories of people. Ultimately these categories, in the U.S., have come to rely upon their former unjust "persecution" as an instrument of power. They deserve to be officially validated, they say, as victims of persecution and exclusion. As a result, multiculturalism actually legitimizes categories as being inferior, by virtue of their being victims incapable of standing up to their victimizers."
Thus, the multiculturalists teach that the West is dysfunctional, and is inherently criminal; and since the Greeks constituted the main inspiration and source of Western Civilization, it therefore follows that they are responsible. Thornton contends that the American educational system is developing a population that is for the most part, incapable of telling the difference between what is false and what is true. The mainstream media aggravates this problem by projecting a steady stream of often deceptive, superficial, and skewed information that appeals in large part only to the emotions. Such a daily bombardment by images is not conducive to critical analysis. His solution: "Bring back the Greeks and study their dazzling literature, because they were the ones who developed the critical thinking with which they defined the principle problems of humanity; the very same problems we are confronting today."
In a speech given last year at California State University for a dinner hosted by the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation for California State Senator Nicholas Petris, Professor Thornton defended the legacy of the Ancient Greeks. "The legacy of the Greeks under assault today deserves defense and celebration for the simple reason that much of what we are is the result of that brilliant examination of human life first begun by the Greeks: as Jacob Burckhardt says, "We see with the eyes of the Greeks and use their phrases when we speak." We must listen to the Greeks not because they will give us answers, but because they first identified the questions and problems, and they knew too where the answers must come from: the minds of free human beings who have control over their own lives. And this, finally, is the greatest good we have received from the Greeks: the gift of freedom." Read the whole thing at: http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/thornton031005.html.
BTW, Professor Bruce Thornton is a frequent contributor to a web site that I admire very much called VDH Private Papers by Professor Victor David Hanson, a classicist, military historian, political commentator and prolific writer. Two of his works, The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece and A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War are superb reads.