Most Evil Homeowners Association In America

OK, this story’s a little goofy. But as a reporter I have some first-hand knowledge of this group.

In 1996, I spent a weary week in Jordan, Montana covering the three-month-long standoff between the Freemen and the F.B.I..  Attorney General Janet Reno’s debacle in Waco, Texas was still fresh in the public’s mind. When a right-wing separatist group called “The Freemen” barricaded themselves in a ranch 20 miles outside of Jordan, the word went out that the Clinton administration didn’t want another Waco. The Freemen believed they could declare themselves a Sovereign State, not bound by state or federal laws or taxes. They manufactured their own money. They refused to pay taxes or get drivers licenses. They believed American flags with yellow fringe weren’t true American flags.

Now, nutty right-wing ‘Sovereigns’ are causing more trouble in northern Montana, filing ‘tax liens’ against property owners and using the courts to grab large portions of land for their future Sovereign America.

Can they really get away with this stuff? It’s not much crazier than the stuff that Homeowners Associations get away with on a daily basis. The right wing Sovereigns write their own law as they go along. So do Homeowners Associations.

(story on the anti-government Sovreigns)

(Wiki account of the FBI standoff with the Freemen in Jordan, Montana)


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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.

2 thoughts on “Most Evil Homeowners Association In America

  1. Jim Court

    This reminds me of the Willows of Elmhurt. The current President is a totalitarian dictator along with a group of haters as fellow board members. I will never live in this type of community again.


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