"Behind all the exhortations to be safe is the idea that safety
is impossible. The whole philosophy. . .involves a kind of perpetual
- Katie Roiphe
For example, truth in labelling, while not really changing anything, would have HOAs renamed to reflect their real nature. This would at least be honest. The NBA is a voluntary association which benefits the basketball teams, owners, and players. If this stopped being the case one (or more) of them could drop out. HOAs are nothing like this.
If there's a shooting they're covering that might plausibly be HOA-related, and these happen all the time, contact the reporter and ask if this is so and why such a relevant and important fact is not being reported. The perpetual lack of coverage leads people naturally to think there's no problem, rather than that it's just been buried out of sight.
Mainline local media tend to act as agents for the Chamber of Commerce, and want to make their area sound wonderful and peachy, except for the rare, few, aberrant bad actors. In other words, any persistent structural problem is presented, or, rather, not presented, to make it seem there's only an isolated, occasional, individual problem, which nobody can really do anything about.
But, again, beware: adaptation and conformity is a critical part of the self-help advice model, which is essentially what they're going to offer. Substantive, structural social change is irrelevant to their goals and techniques -- any lip service to the contrary aside.
You must succeed within the institutions and according to the rules that already exist. To do well is to fit in, and to fit in is to fortify those structures into which you are being fit. In other words, what they want is for you to be a good sport. From this it follows that any intervention must be done at the level of the individual experiencing the difficulty rather than at the level causing it.
An obvious example here would be what I call SIC, the Suicide Industrial Complex. There are many non-profits that purport to be concerned about this issue, but there's zero research on how HOAs cause ("puts one at risk for") suicide.
If 21% of the population (70 million divided by 330 million) is confined in HOAs, and there are ~100 suicides per day, how many of these happen in HOAs? There are no numbers because it's not on their radar screens. But HOAs are more prevlent west of the Mississippi, because that's where more of the population growth has been since HOAs were invented about a century ago (think of places like Phoenix, LA, Denver, etc.), and suicide is also higher in the western states, often by the significant and appreciable amounts that have had this mentioned in the news periodically for as long as I can remember -- always with the notion that there's an air of mystery surrounding why this is so. It would seem a simple demographic problem to look at such states county by county and see if there's a correspondence with the prevalence of HOAs and the number of people in them. I know where I'd place my bets. People are killing themselves to escape this organized crime tyranny.
My considered guesstimate of what causes the 100 suicides a day
looks like this:
30-35 : IRS
25-30 : HOAs
15-20 divorce (in the most general sense)
[These are by no means exclusive: even though I don't think he was ever a suicide, I knew one guy whose wife left him after he received one letter from the IRS.]
The numbers above leave something like 15-30% for the other causes, like the familiar ones usually promoted (scripted), such as depression, bullying for being different (or just because some people are mean), excessive drinking, etc.
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