This is one of the reasons I don't like the Renaissance Festivals or SCA or Pennsic or any of that sort of thing. I'm a historian, and I get no thrill out of imitating the lifestyles of people who at their best didn't live half as well as I do. It's also one of the reasons I think most environmentalists ought to be forced to live under the conditions they think would be so awesome for everybody else so we can reform them and not have to shoot them. A lot of these people clamoring for a return to the simple life really have no fucking clue about how awful that simple life would be without the massive infrastructure of 21st century capitalism providing things like cheap electricity, relatively inexpensive health care, and helicopter-borne S&R teams to retrieve them from the ass end of some hostile wilderness when they get lost. The ones that do have a clue, and insist on blocking things like nuclear reactor construction and drilling off the coasts for their own political ends, are hypocrites and deserve to die.
Kinda-sorta related: a comparison of Huxley's Brave New World with Dostoyevsky.