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.