G.K. Chesterton was believed to be a superstitious, religious oaf for opposing the eugenics advocated by scientific progressives of his time. Planned Parenthood is an atavism of the eugenics movement here in the United States, and feticide, child destruction, or "abortion" if we must use a socialist euphemism is by definition harmful to the person being "aborted."I can't think of a single anti-intellectual movement in history that wasn't harmful to the people that harbored it.
The progressives today, of course, define the old national socialist worker's party in Germany as an internationalist capitalist individualist's movement. Progressives never own up to their own misdeeds-- those can be defined as not "really" progressive, just "really" right-wing. I've even seen the USSR defined as "state-capitalism." When abortion is looked upon as barbaric in a more civilized future, university professors will define that as "right-wing" too.
Here's the reason why modern liberals are condescending. The look at the world, as see all of Man's attempts to get it right as leading to war, poverty, crime, et cetera. They conclude that it is the effort to think you're right which leads to trouble in the first place. Their Lennonism leads to Leninism-- imagine no countries, no property, no religion, and we'll all get on just fine.
This non-ideology is an ideology in itself. Liberals don't believe they have an ideology, they believe they have the neutral, objective, scientific worldview. Everyone else is "extreme" for having ideas. It doesn't matter if the idea is true or false-- conservatives can be dismissed out of hand as blind sheep watching Faux News, unaware that the liberals are writing snooty books like "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Yeah, as if there are no Neanderthals on the left -- union thugs, race militants, slimy trial lawyers like John Edwards, environmentalists who hate science and technology, baby-killing feminazis -- all of these people don't exist in the imaginary higher moral plane.
Don't kid yourselves.