I can sort of see your point here, especially regarding the Graeber example. I wonder if I got kicked out of university, if leftists would come running to my rescue? I strongly doubt it, since they've tried to have me kicked out of university (professors, students, and "comrades" alike) time after time. I think that there is -some- truth to this but I think it has more to do with 1) the -type- of people that enter graduate school and become professors, their political orientation, worldview, etc, and 2) the type of people that surround these figures. If I don't think of the university as fertile ground for radical politics then I probably won't get much support if I get fired and, likewise, if others don't believe that then the same holds true. So, while I agree that there is a problem with -this- way of seeing academia, and while I agree that this orientation is pervasive, I don't believe that it holds true in all cases. Some people just have nothing better to do with themselves.
A! knows probably more than anybody else how difficult I find academia, and how many times I've tried to plot my escape. Unfortunately, for me, personally, I just don't know what else to do with myself. Thanks for the comment dot.