is a lot like Singapore.
I just bought a small house in a private community in the Poconos that I am fixing up to either sell or rent. The experience with the community government has been interesting.
First of all, the idea that because I bought in the community I explicitly agreed to all its rules no more true or false than if I had bought a house in an ordinary "statist" town. In fact, I did not receive my packet containing all the community rules until the closing. I suppose I could have halted the closing while I read through the many pages of regulations, but if you have ever been at a closing, you can imagine that there would've been a number of other unhappy people at the conference table.
As I began to learn the community's rules, I found some interesting things. I had my regular tree guy come over to look at some trees overhanging the house that definitely needed to come down. He told me, "I can do this work, but you need to get a permit. For every tree you take down with a trunk diameter of over 3 inches, there is a $650 fine." I went and applied for my permit, but in the meantime, there were a number of small trees I could take down myself. About 10 minutes after I started my chainsaw, a security vehicle drove by my house and slowed to see what was going on: the tree police.
I have been doing AirBnB rentals at my other Pocono house. Perhaps, I thought, I could pick up a few extra dollars doing those at this new place as well, when I didn't need to stay at the house. Nope. The community rules forbid rentals of under 30 days, and the community charges a $500 fee each time a new tenant occupies the house.
The community, for a place with low traffic volume, is also chock-full of stop signs, and has a low posted speed limit. When I stopped to register at the "government" office, I was told I would be fined for failing to stop at a stop sign or exceeding the speed limit. Oh, and while I was there, the community board president saw a newcomer, approached me, introduced himself, shook my hand, and told me his office was always open to me I had any problems or questions. Kind of like a... politician.
Today I had my house power-washed. Within a few minutes of the rather noisy power-washing machine starting up, a security vehicle was again passing my house, again slowing to have a look at what was going on. In two weeks, my house in a private community has already garnered more security attention than the two houses I have owned in rural areas under the control of "statist" governments had in a dozen years.
In short, private government looks a lot like plain-old government, except maybe a bit more intrusive than I am used to. Yes, I chose to live here, but so does anyone moving to an old-fashioned town. And if we ever "achieve" ancapistan, this more intrusive form of government might become the norm.
And note: I do not object to this community having these rules. But I also don't think that I am somehow "more free" living under private government than I was under public government.
UPDATE: And one thing I am certainly not allowed to do in this private community: secede. If I don't like the rules, I have to leave. Oh, and my "community fees" are MUCH higher than my "taxes." And if I don't pay them? I lose the house.
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