Throughout the 20th century, there have been three social ideologies that looked appetizing on paper, but ultimately proved toxic in practice. I am of course talking about fascism, communism, and the homeowners association. While we’ve successfully managed to keep the former two restrained in North America, the dreaded homeowners association has persisted — borrowing heavily from the worst parts of both fascism and communism to enforce an arbitrary pettiness upon regular folks everywhere.
A recent example:
The Auburn Greens homeowners association has instituted a new mandate for its residents: Keep your garage doors rolled up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or face a $200 fine.
The standard response to this is “Don’t buy in a neighborhood with an HOA.” Meanwhile, burglars are taking notes.