In the USSR, a common saying was, “They pretend to pay us. We pretend to work.” This was prior to its collapse from rot and corruption. Here in the US we have an increased disincentive to be productive as Atlas is shrugging. After the collapse and fragmentation of the USSR, it balkanized and there were plenty of dictatorships to go around. Remains to be seen if we can avoid the same end, for that is surely what they have slated for us.
What we have that the states of the USSR didn’t have is the original Constitution and a VERY clear idea of how its restrictions have been end run by the central authority, by either ignoring it or obfuscating the original words and meaning. I’ll bet we still know, despite the lib-prob lawyers, EXACTLY what it means. And I’ll bet we could set it up with a few more safeguards, such as preventing the states from EVER being coerced to give away their representation with something like the 17th Amendment, and some to set serious state and citizen-generated repercussions to federal reps that ignore the Constitution. And I’ll bet it would work fine.
I’d even bet that states that set up under the Constitution, slightly revised and to original intent would be a constant drain of productive people and companies that wanted to be free that happened to be living in the coming socialist democracy states, like California and New York and Illinois. And I’d bet that they would initially enact laws making it illegal to emigrate, and then when that didn’t work they would of course put up a few checkpoints and walls.