Are Homeowners Rights Advocates Left, Right Or Libertarian?

Well-known anti-socialists have have compared tightly controlled neighborhood governance with being the kind of radical socialism from which they escaped. But does that mean that anti-HOA activists are right-wing, left-wing, or libertarian? 

For the life of me I can’t understand how you can tie protection of a homeowner’s rights to any political faction.

Under the U.S. Constitution you have the right to be free from invasive government in your home, your person, your private papers. There are people in every single political faction who don’t want the cops kicking in their doors, even if the cops are wearing HOA armbands.

Sure, you’d like to control the next door nutcase who intentionally damages surrounding property values. But city and county codes do a pretty good job when properly enforced. And to restrict that nutcase’s rights you have to limit some of your own.

The bigger problem is not political beliefs, but rather the fact that agenda-driven people who suddenly discover themselves in a position of power very often have trouble controlling their own tyrannical compulsions. Those power-mad compulsives don’t represent any particular political party.

So those opposing that kind of tyranny aren’t necessarily tied to any political faction.


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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.

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