In short, the idea of the bully-as-the-victim, a theme underlying so much of American exceptionalism, evinces a criminal mindset. And this attitude has worked as a corrupting influence at the core of the national psyche. U.S. right-wingers have become the swaggering macho thug with a chip (or a clip) on his shoulder. Don't mess with us. If you flip us off, we'll bomb your village. For their part, academics aren't supposed to think for themselves or expound ideas that challenge the status quo. The message is follow the cue cards or lose corporate and government funding.
When trying to explain the pronderance of "liberals" and "lefties" in academia, why doesn't anyone consider a more obvious conclusion--a thorough acquaintance with facts combined with a dedication to the truth (versus dedication to the corporate bottom line) makes it virtually impossible to support the right-wing agenda.