Something that the episode does not do well is establish the motives of the people of the community. They were on a journey to found a new community, no? And they were already followers of Alixus to some extent, no? The background of the community is passed over so quickly in the first act that although I think both statements are true, none of them come out clearly. They are both relevant because it could be interpreted that they were already anti-modern in their outlook. Alixus merely enforced that outlook more forcefully than they may have been initially willing. What they seem to miss is contact, and that's all they seem to want to have back after Alixus is exposed. To some extent, they all contributed to (or were complicit in) the creation of the community standards, especially the code of conduct. Alixus may have focused or exploited the impulses of those who signed up for the journey, but weren't those impulses already there?