Bushwhacking and ambushes would be clever winning moves. Robert E. Howard, creator of "Conan the Barbarian" wrote a few obscure western novels in which the bad guy might mysteriously wind up dead when the lights were suddenly doused and no one could see what happened or who did the shooting. It wasn't Garry Cooper waking down the middle of the street to confront hired thugs, it was very different in Howard's books and the color of a hat didn't tip off the audience to who was good and who was "one of the bad guys."
The Zen of a continual war would produce a peaceful addictive complacency that would be expressed by hipsters via the slogan "War is Peace."
At the end of a remake, the banksters would take everything they could get from the villagers, kill them all -- maybe take scalps to use for boasting in the next boardroom meeting -- and then so that there could be no final trace of the wasted lives, burn the foreclosed homes to the ground.
The cavalry would be assigned to protect the raiders from the workers and assert that they were there to uphold law and order.
Isn't pulling the covered wagons into a circle to hold off an Indian attack comparable to forming a union to help maintain possession of worldly goods that the attacking capitalists want to strip away from the pioneers in this new inverted logic world?
Are the teabaggers the backbone of the new Republican Party? Does that mean that "Ignorance is Strength"?
Freedom is Slavery! If you let people have freedom of speech they will abuse it and you will have to listen to their hate-speech just as if they were the plantation master and you were their eager and enthusiastic slaves.
In the antique film, when the villagers don't have much money to offer the renegade knights and they react to the attempt to short change them for their labor by saying: "We fight for the principles not the coins." (or words to that effect.) These days the prevalent good guy philosophy is: "Show me the money!"