“I don’t think too many people are going to accept living like peasants in the 17th century.”
You would be surprised. There are millions of thoroughly brainwashed people in this country. They will do absolutely everything that the elite tell them to do, even sacrifice themselves for the “greater good” without thinking so much as a single thought. How else can we explain the continued existence of Obama supporters?
They haven't felt the pain of sacrifice yet.
Once they do, I believe a lot (not all) will change their minds.