The following material is primarily based on the Charles Koch (billionaire and philanthropist) book, Believe In People [note 1]. Quotation marks and italics have generally been omitted but are used within sentences to distinguish quoted material.
The theme of Believe is developing ‘Social Engineers.’ It’s a term used by Koch by which he means a person
‘finding new ways to break the barriers and overcome the injustices that prevent others from realizing their potential.’ He continues, ‘These individuals disrupt the status quo to help others, especially the less fortunate rise’ (p. 7).
They’re concerned citizens, mobilizing neighbors to support good policies and oppose bad ones. They’re elected officials — of any party — enacting laws that secure for everyone the opportunity to realize their potential and contribute to society’s progress (p. 7).
You are a social engineer when ‘fighting a harmful public policy that’s affecting your family, friends, or neighbors’ (p. 7). Homeowners in HOA-Land are ‘less fortunate’ and are subject to top-down authoritarian governments. Read on!
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With this preface material, what is the social and legal task before homeowner rights advocates and other concerned citizens?
A properly functioning government is a precondition for individual success and a thriving society (p. 13). You’ll see the widespread assumption that those at the ‘top’ know best and that the people they consider beneath them can’t be trusted. This can be summed up as a top-down or one-size-fits-all approach (p. 5).
If we are to go beyond fighting injustice one person at a time, then the core institutions of community, education, business, and government must be transformed (p. 243). Transforming these institutions so they consistently empower people to succeed is the job of Social Engineers (p. 10).
With respect to HOA-Land, see on Amazon [note 2], my Commentary [note 3].
- Believe In People, Charles Koch & Brian Hooks, St. Martin’s Press, 2020.
- A Plan Toward Restructuring the HOA Model of Governance.
- Plan to Restructure HOA model.
America cannot be completely unified with HOA-Land not subject to Constitution
Our new #PresidentBiden and #VicePresidentHarris have a task before them if they truly seek to unite America. There are some 23% of Americans live under special laws for special entities known as #HOAs – #homeownerassociations – that are authoritarian local governments not subject to the #Constitution as required by all local and state governments.
In total, these fragmented HOAs constitute The HOA-Land Nation within America, actively encouraged and supported by all state legislatures to some degree or another. Only the federal government can act Restoring the lost Constitution to HOA-Land. I brought this very need to the attention of the Trump presidency with no results (Rogue presidents: Trump and HOAs). A Plan Toward Restructuring the HOA Model of Governance has been proposed to this effect.
I now call upon President Biden and Vice President Harris to truly unite all Americans under the Constitution and the laws of the land.
There is a mass psychology present in HOA-Land — a cult environment. Everyone is vulnerable to cult recruitment. The followers cannot be held to blame because of their deceptive recruitment. There is a lack of awareness and information in regard to how the cult truly works and how it motives people.
Escaping the conditioning and indoctrination that creates the cult mentality can be accomplished through debriefing techniques. The goal of debriefing is to get the cult member to think for himself and re-evaluate his situation. Debriefing methods can include:
educating the cult member on thought-reform techniques and helping him to recognize those methods in his own cult experience
asking questions that encourage the cult member to think in a critical, independent way, helping him to recognize that type of thinking and praising him for it
attempting to produce an emotional connection to his former life by introducing objects from his past and having family members share their memories of his pre-cult existence
Read more at Cult behavior within HOA-Land; Rogue presidents: Trump and HOAs. The reorientation and reeducation required to attain substantive HOA reforms can be found in A Plan Toward Restructuring the HOA Model of Governance.
Is there a way out? Definitely yes!
It is not by going to state legislatures to be repeatedly rejected, or given token reforms but with no substantive redress of grievances. It is not by repeatedly expecting the courts to do homeowner justice in spite of the strong stare decisis precedent of pro-HOA laws and public policy favoring HOA-Land. It is not by expecting law colleges to provide a balanced educational program in law for students that includes HOA constitutionality.
And it is not by hoping that the media — granted special 1st Amendment protections to inform and educate the citizens on political matters — will measure up and so present the whole HOA truth that has been so long hidden from the public.
As a result of my 21 years of activism and advocacy for HOA constitutionality, and my education and detailed research, I have come to understand the greater social and political forces at work. These forces that have led to the current culture and environment surrounding the HOA legal scheme and structure. They are detailed in my “The HOA-Land Culture.”
Read more at Cult behavior within HOA-Land and Plan to Restructure HOA model.
There is a mass psychology present in HOA-Land. Mass psychology is a study of how your behavior is influenced by large groups of people — “birds of the same feather flock together.” It is the result of the longtime conditioning and indoctrination into identifying with the principles and beliefs promoted by the CAI School of HOA Governance. Following the advice and guidelines of cult experts to focus on the need to reeducate cult followers, my Plan to restructure HOAs begins with the need to reorient the BOD and the members away from the CAI School doctrine. This is a critical first step toward substantive HOA reforms!
Everyone is vulnerable to cult recruitment. The followers cannot be held to blame because of their deceptive recruitment. There is a lack of awareness and information in regard to how the cult truly works and how it motives people.
Read the paper, Mass Psychology and Cult Behavior Within HOA-Land.