On the equality of weapons-power between the state and its people, and referring specifically to the French and American Revolutions, Ernest Gellner in his dense book of human history, says it will never happen that way again. The citizens themselves were armed with the same weapons as their overseers. Following the world-wars, it became obvious that the citizens would never again match the firepower of their governing apparatus (p237).
But to Gellner, it now must be noted:
DDoS. This argument has become invalid.
Plough, Sword, and Book. Ernest Gellner, 1988. U. of Chicago Press.