In 1963 Richard Hofstadter published his landmark book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Today, Matt Lewis argues, America's inclination toward simplicity and stupidity is stronger than ever, and its greatest victim is the Republican Party. Lewis, a respected Republican columnist and frequent MSNBC contributor, eviscerates the phemen of candidates with a experience required mentality and tea party patriots who possess bluster but few core beliefs. Lewis traces the conservative movement's roots, from Edmund Burke to William F. Buckley, and from Goldwater's loss to Reagan's landslide victory. He highlights visionary thinkers who embraced nuance and deep ideology and changed history.
Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and writes regular columns for TheWeek.com, The Daily Beast and The Telegraph (UK). He records a weekly podcast, Matt Lewis and the News. In 2011, Business Insider listed him as one of the 50 Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To, and in 2012 the American Conservative Union honored Matt as their CPAC Blogger of the Year. He lives with his family in Alexandria, VA.