the acceptance of HOAs and the failure to understand civics and government

This Goldwater Institute Policy Brief on the lack of knowledge of basics civics by Arizona students illustrates one of the factors that have permitted the establishment of the New America of HOA-lands. (Learn more about the New America here).

 I’ve repeatedly made reference to the “conspiracy of silence” and the “unspoken alliance” that are responsible for the lack of information on the downside of living in homeowners associations, and on the exchange of civil rights and freedoms for property values. These students will be living, for the increasingly most part, in a private government regime with no constitutional protections. “What you don’t know can’t hurt you” seems to be the approach of pro-HOA supporters that include, aside from the national lobbying organization, CAI, legislators, judges, attorneys, and elected officials who seem to be unaware of this basic understanding of American government.

 Learn more about the second form of local government that exists across the country, the corporate, authoritarian regime that denies the Bill of Rights under the suspect constructive notice “contracts”, which have been upheld by the courts as a legitimate surrender of one’s civil liberties. Visit: American governments: HOAs under servitudes & Public government under the Constitution. And, shorter and more to the point about the role and function of public government, visit: Government is defined by a “social contract”; HOAs by the new social contract, the CC&Rs.

Excerpt from the Brief:
Conclusion: Arizona Schools are Failing at Core Academic
Mission [emphasis added]


Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789 that “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Years later, Jefferson wrote, “Enlighten the people generally and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
The promotion of knowledge of American government and history represents a core mission of Arizona public schools. They are failing miserably to fulfill that mission. Arizona high school students display a profound level of ignorance regarding American history, government and geography.
The results of this survey are deeply troubling. Despite billions of taxpayer dollars and a set of academic standards that cover all of the material, Arizona high school students display an overwhelming ignorance of the institutions that undergird political freedom.
Knowledge Among Arizona High School Students
Goldwater Institute Policy Brief
June 30, 2009


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