We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They hate him because he thoroughly disagrees with their beliefs in how the academic world should operate but they have not convenient way to show that he's just evil.
Thus, to refute his beliefs they would a) have to engage him on those beliefs, b) try to refute his beliefs as accurate, or c) demonstrate the superiority of their beliefs even if his have some validity.
Unable to do b) or c) they are unwilling to do a). The only thing left is hate.