A recent letter writer wrote that "These lovely subdivisions well kept by Homeowners Associations are nothing but a tinge of socialism.” That’s not at all true. There's nothing "socialistic" about people joining together to agree about community rules.
Our whole system of government is based on this type of thing. People who buy in a “covenant community” often do so because they like the rules the association enforces. Those who don’t like to live under such rules have the choice to live elsewhere.
HOA rules are akin to zoning regulations. Zoning laws are a good thing. How would you feel if someone built a paper mill next to your house? The reason that won’t happen is that zoning laws don’t allow it.