Although I agree with your word "deserved," I have to disagree with "well deserved."
As an example of how federal nationalization would work, let`s take your car. Literally!
This was done when the Soviet Army (a so-called people`s liberation army) marched into Moscow, back when Russia was a monarchy run by the Czar. At that point, operating under the newly developed concepts of communism, the private citizens were suddenly told they were no longer private. They only were citizens.
Following that, the socialist government removed ownership from all private businesses, placing it under the domination of the government. Therefore, all income and revenue from that business was taken "for the people," and paid out in portions to all the citizens.
When the previous owner of a business needed to re-stock inventory, they had to fill out paperwork and request authorization from the government. The government then allowed some portion of that request, "assuming" that the request was too much, and only worthy of the fat-cat capitalist back in the old days.
Allowing a percentage of the request for inventory (remind you of HMOs and Medicare?), they then sent the papers along to the vendors. Those vendors had also been nationalized, and now had quotas. They had to produce a certain amount of product. Especially in the beginning, if those quotas weren`t met, the managers were either shot or sent to Siberia or the Gulags.
Assuming some amount of inventory actually made it back to the original store owner, he didn`t own it. But a lot of that inventory was diverted, both for criminals in the underground and for the Politburo.
The leaders of the People`s Republic lived far better than those people, because they had the power and guns to divert whatever goods they felt like taking, all in the name of "important government needs."
When the store owner returned to his home, it was declared much too large for a common citizen. So it was broken up into apartments. Those who had no housing were moved into parts of the erstwhile private home, sharing bathrooms and kitchens. The people moving in were total strangers, and the property that used to owned (dishes, pots, pans, etc.), all became "the people`s possessions."
All cars and automobiles were either confiscated, for the good of the people, or they had to be justified. Papers had to be filled out, with requests to allow the previous car owner to "borrow" their car back from the government. But only if it was truly necessary.
Of course gasoline stopped flowing immediately, so that too was nationalized. But in that case, because of its importance, the Soviet military was brought in to "protect" those necessary and critical assets.
Obviously, many people were upset about this. Particularly students, professors, theologians, artists, musicians, writers, and anyone with strong right-brained processes. To uncover those dissidents, enemies of the State, the secret police (KGB) was instituted.
Along with them, there was the political indoctrination arm of the politburo and Soviet government. Around the neighborhoods, on each block, the citizens were required to meet on a regular basis to discuss their needs. That meant their personal needs, not their business needs.
Nobody cared about business needs. They cared about whether or not the citizens felt they were being treated fairly, nicely, and equally. They wanted to know if the citizens had health care, food, housing, clothes.
If you didn`t attend these meetings, you either were warned or simply jailed. With no room in the jails, you were then shipped off to Siberia or the Gulags. If you were a "marked" dissident, you simply were shot.
Much like in Cuba today, physicians and scientists were also made equal. They were given the same salaries as everyone else. They were not allowed to charge for their services, as they were part of the common good. If they needed more food, they were maybe allowed to grow some vegetables or have some chickens or goats.
Very quickly, people realized there was no personal gain in becoming a doctor, scientist, professor, artisan, craftsman, developer, or anything else. Nobody kept their own earnings, so what was the point?
To counter that, the government took control of the schools. They instituted skills testing, then told the children what they would study. For more complex subjects, the children were removed from their families and sent to universities or boarding schools.
The government realized they needed some form of art, having outlawed all religions as "subversive," so they created national art institutes, where children who showed some promise were sent for training.
So you see, it`s not so bad if the government nationalizes a few things here and there. Sure, that`ll cause problems in unforeseen areas, so they`ll have to nationalize those areas too. We`ve got lots of room in Alaska, outside the livable zones, so we can send the protesters and dissidents there. They can build their own camps, and live in whatever way they choose.
It took 80 years and nearly 5 generations before the Soviet Union collapsed. Why? Because American capitalism had so-far outstripped the peasant-level lifestyle of the common Russian, that the people wouldn`t even remotely accept that the government worked.
And now Vladimir Putin, the current Prime Minister of Russia, former head of the KGB, was in the news. Last week he *warned* the US against going down the same pathway as the USSR had taken.
"Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence.” --- American Thinker
, Feb 2009
This is the head of Russia! And we know that Russia was the focal point for global socialism! And he`s telling us....America!...that we should pay more attention that we don`t overstep into socialism!