DeTocqueville Could have predicted the Las Vegas Disaster! But We Weren’t Listening

So many in the Homeowner Association Movement are fond of saying the HOA is “the purest form of Democracy.” That concept, though should really be a thing to shudder about, not to celebrate.

For Democracy is the autocratic, even dictitorial rule by a small group over the pathetically clueless masses. Those masses are generally uninformed, disinformed, sometimes by intent, and often by design, while the Democracy throws its weight into ruling the masses.

When the great French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville  was sent to study this confounding new creation of our “self-working republic,” he was amazed by many things.

He warned that “modern democracy may be adept at creating tyrants and that that new tyrannies that would lead to conditions in which we would “lose interest” in the future of our descendents and meekly allow ourselves to be led in ignorance by a despotic course all the more because it does not resemble one.

If Tocqueville could be suddenly lifted forward to examine the modern Homeowner Association Movement, one can imagine hearing him say, “I told you so.”

Our HOA democracies are so far outside the mainstream of truly democratic life. People who join these growing communities where traditional government has been removed and all the freedoms we expect to find have just evaporated.

Isn’t that exactly what happened in Las Vegas? Hundreds of thousands of homeowners suddenly lost a great deal of equity in their homes, because they just quit looking for the kind of greed that Tocqueville predicted would be there.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

0 thoughts on “DeTocqueville Could have predicted the Las Vegas Disaster! But We Weren’t Listening

  1. Benjamin Martin

    Why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king can.


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