A similar uprising in today's age would accomplish nothing but anarchy, but the real problem today seems to be bullying leaking over into real life, the workforce, and courts:
http://diversityinc.com/investigative-s ... -politics/
People are becoming increasingly tolerant of violence and harassment when it comes to people they just don't like. They hunt for scapegoats to unleash their frustration and sadism against whether those scapegoats are the cause of the problem or not.
Economically speaking, this has ramifications too. The more normal people try to be to avoid scapegoat labels, the less creative they are. The less creative, the less problem solving. It also destroys contracts and property rights because people don't know if their agreements can be reliably upheld...
...so you end up with a "push comes to shove" economy where nothing happens. Rather than invest themselves, people speculate socially for other people to jump on top of, and you end up with an addiction to fighting where people even enjoy the drama and excitement of things falling apart.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.