Sign the Declaration


Now, simply by adding your comment with your name and any thoughts you might have to the bottom of this article, you can electronically sign the Shire Society Declaration! While you can be in the Shire as a state of mind, it makes sense to live close to others who believe as you do. You are encouraged to immiGREAT to the Shire and join the Free Streets Project. Plus, you can add yourself to the Shire Map.

To learn about how the Shire Society Declaration came to be and to see high resolution versions of the originals, please visit the History page.

Perhaps you’d prefer to sign a physical copy that you can keep? Just grab this PDF and print it out for you and your friends and family to sign!

Shire Society Declaration

 

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED witnesses to the lesson of history — that no form of political governance may be relied upon to secure the individual rights of life, liberty, or property — now therefore establish and provide certain fundamental precepts measuring our conduct toward one another, and toward others:

 

FIRST, each individual is the exclusive proprietor of his or her own existence and all products thereof, holding no obligations except those created by consent;

 

SECOND, no individual or association of individuals, however constituted, has the right to initiate force against any other individual;

 

THIRD, each individual has the inalienable right of self-defense against the initiation of force;

 

FOURTH, explicit voluntary association is the only means by which binding obligations may be created, and claims based on association or relationships to which any party did not consent are empty and invalid;

 

FIFTH, rights are neither collective nor additive in character, and no group can possess rights in excess of those belonging to its individual members;

 

We hereby declare our commitment to peace, individual sovereignty, and independence, and join the Shire Society.

277 Comments

    • samanthaswift!12 I am in a place that recognizes self and the desire to manifest a proper and loving community in which will be a shining example for all to return to The Mother. All will be Connecting to the force of creativity of like and kind individuals working from the collective bringing the truth filled vibrations of all being creator experiencing the mystic that has manifest to the common. There is lost knowledge we are here to re-engrain into the psyche. Some carry many of the lost commonalities to a part of our existence that calls forth the energies and manifest of our foremothers. Some carry much of the earthen simplicity of hand to manifest creation. I am that. I make this declaration to all of entirety and signing This Declaration with a singing signature. Samantha L. Roberts

    • I like and admire what you’re doing. keep it up, I’ll be moving to keen very soon.

    • Check your State Statutes for the phrase ” in this state or in the state ” this is where the New Hampshire statutes apply. The State of New Hampshire is all the federal land in New Hampshire. There are two governments one under common law the other under statutes. This is how they fool us they write a law for the land they own and then apply it on land they do not own you have to challenge territorial jurisdiction to address this.

    • I pledge to support the police taking criminals to jail even for jaywalking.

    • Amen.

    • Cynthia Brandt, former member of the FSP. Count me in!

    • Victor F Gagliano supports the shiresociety

    • If you wish to prosper, then let others prosper. When we have learned this lesson, everyone will seek his individual welfare in the general welfare. Then jealousies between man and man, city and city, province and province, nation and nation, will no longer trouble the world Frederic Bastiat

      I have a question please. What is the bare minimum amount I need to move to New Hampshire and work with other like minded souls in life affirming journey towards freedom and prosperity? – Emeka Nweze

    • george r dietrich…free man

    • Signed.
      We need to carefully drop out of the world system that is in place, in all the important areas of our life. Our world cannot have true transparency, justice, or love without money’s whose value is solid. Our world’s economy is fragile because it is dependent on the motivation that the government’s guns give a person to work hard for it, and our environment, political systems, morals, and life quality is headed toward the bottom. Who knows where this is headed, but I mentally assent in the Shire Society’s cause, and jump this runaway train if I can.

    • Tim U. McClure

    • How could anybody disagree with this????

    • Charlie Garcia-
      TAKING BACK WHAT GOD GAVE US!
      I BELIEVE YOU CAN LIVE ON LOVE…….if you dont understand feel free to ask
      1LOVE4LIFE

    • I be lost so much mostly my life after these words from them and my kids family all gone I’ve slaved bitterly for any scrap I got worked self into ground and it’s weird cause jesuse Christ’s blood does run threw my license almost killed me again thanks to the unjust of that bigger botch I hate you if I were king witch should be I would say off with her head . but I wouldn’t I’m actually a man of god but you guys push that shot and lady kept me down from my rapcarer that I got 1110000 and hour is what I’m up to so humbled no thanks to a botch like you. But instead I will bring to your attention get some humility and try forgiveness for what ever who did what to you but wasn’t me and you did destroy mine appreciate it still haven’t seen my youngest since 06 and it killed me and then the cancer went threwthis shut has shut off my insurance I have broken Barack this is real that’s my struggle cause you didn’t like me what ever. I would hate to tell you but you at n t worth knowing till you loose your shirt or a around you welcome to my life

    • Old man now I am. Nonetheless, hope to start anew in the Live Free or Die state come mid-May 2017. I may not be a strict secessionist, but a political loose confederation of small political and social entities seems preferable to the outrageous and dangerous imperial situation today in the USA. Will try to get in touch with you or the Free State Project when I get to the US and NH. Good to know I shall have like minded people for neighbors working to make life on planet earth a better place.

    • You guys are idiots!

    • Freedom from tyranny
      DOUGLAS R. lewis

    • Aaron B Chancey

      I Aaron Blake Chancey sign and pledge my commitment to the declaration of the Shire Society

    • All is won now – all is well!

    • The golden rule could be added to this declaration. In any case I agree to this declaration.

    • I’m all for any effort to increase peace and liberty.

    • i am a free man that does not consent to corporate law. i am not a corporation, i am a living being & demand that i be treated as such.

    • Love it!!! 🙂

  1. Signed… because LIBERTY works! Derek J. Hanson

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  2. Couldn’t agree more.

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    • Lavasha marrero

  3. I’m on this forum too now. – Buttholomew K. Genie

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  4. Great ideas Medium term follower of the movement, long time follower of liberty. I pledge my support. SIGNED!!

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  5. I declare my independence from all states.
    William Thieme

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  6. This comment is my signature upon the above Declaration.

    I have lived these principles all my adult life, and have successfully asserted them in various dealings with “authorities.” We have a gentleman’s agreement; they respect my rights and I don’t rain on their parade.

    It is impossible to obtain a “judgment” that one is free.

    However, the facts and law in the public record are that my wife and I are not part of any body politic or corporate, that no contract or other nexus exists by which we have waived any rights, and that any assertion to the contrary naturally arises from fraud.

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  7. It is a healthy practice to advocate anarchy. The USA took a wrong turn the moment any one individual was given authority over, or more rights than, another. Cops, Feds, cabinet members, executive branch, legislative branch, judicial branch, and basically any type of organization that is associated with government can only breed corruption and eventual tyranny. I’ve written countless papers on these matters for a decade, and you got my signature.

    -Jeremy Edward Dion

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  8. Signed, and thank you all.

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  9. Your still have to disconnect yourself from the US Corporation, by virtue of social security, IRS, or Unemployment Compensation. Everything US. I believe this to be true.

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  10. If all would throw away their money, what would it be worth ? When all the rivers are dammed, all the fish gone, and all the soil wasted, we will come to find out that we cannot eat money.

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  11. It is agreed between all of us that the overall benefit of choosing to
    live in a society who’s transactions are all mutually consensual is
    significantly higher than the overall benefit of choosing to live in a
    society who mutually agree that forcefully taking an individual’s
    property and rights through taxation and unjust law can somehow “improve
    the common welfare and safety of the public.”

    Those who do
    not agree fail to understand that by neglecting to adhere to the
    principles that the Shire Society has made clear, the result could
    affect them to the point that they do not even have the freedom to
    choose the principles they would like to live by for they are enslaved
    by a government.

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  12. I haven’t been here in a while, but its cool that you don’t have to have a face book account to post here. I fully agree with the aims and goals of the shire society. Consider this my Signature.

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  13. hollo how are you doing find i”m looking for a friend to be with and make me happy to be in my life

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  14. Is leaving a message signing? if so accept this as me signing. Liberty only work for all of us if it is actively defended and pursued. the time for passive citizenry has to end. Wake up before it is to late.

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  15. I live in NH now. If I don’t end up going back to Vermont, I’d give serious consideration to living either in Manchester or Keene. Peace!

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  16. #3 and #4 are the undeniable logical consequence of #1 and #2. Also, I don’t think the obtuse and dubious notion of “rights” is even necessary. The enumeration of specific entitlements (which is the Stanford definition of the term “right”) will only muddle the core principle. The simple, clear, highly accurate language of moral judgment should suffice: Either it is evil to initiate the use of force, or it is good. If it is evil, then responding in-kind when it occurs, is fully justified. This is all the protection we need.

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    • Correct, but not everyone is smart enough to put all these pieces together, though. In my experience, if you do not explicitly spell out some things for people, some of them either misunderstand or get weaselly and play dumb.

    • In principle I strongly agree about the *initiation” of force and a response in kind; problems can crop up when it devolves into a shouting match over who really hit first. That’s where valid reality checks are especially important, devoid of anything like “his family is more noble therefore…” (“born equal” for such decisions — only, individuals are for many purposes very different); and devoid of “this one is male (or female) therefore … mind you, there can be real statistical probabilities in different groups, but letting that be an excuse for prior restraint, let alone final judgement, is part of what the U.S. was supposedly founded to refute; and that part’s good. If you really want to kick out the `bad influences’ from somebody else’s group, you should be especially interested in leaving the `good’ ones in that group alone, if not rewarding them, so they can raise the behavior of the entire group, even without any more effort from you!

      Of course if it’s “this thing (or stuff) is mine”; then yeah, that’s valid. If true. Third parties cutting up somebody’s property to pass out “equal shares” (and keeping big chunks for themselves as `mediatiors’) is especially nasty. Making someone’s “gored ox” “whole”, must mean whole, not minus a third off the top, after “court costs”. Loser pays all such costs, especially those who bring false accusations. (And remember compensation for lost opportunity, damage to reputation, and peace of mind). Putting real teeth into laws against falsac would go a long way to easing crowded dockets, especially as time passes and false recidivism is really seen to be just people who *can’t” repent from repeat crimes, because they never did anything really wrong to begin with; but were just victims of previous hasty or coercive convictions. Burden of proof must never be on the defendant.

      Letting someone get away with bad behavior once, or more times, because it’s not really sure; then getting it right and making it stick when it is really sure (ask a good scientist), is far better than punishing good or neutral behavior, and letting the real baddies just keep getting away with it. Letting police get away with breaking rules; is for the protection of cops against the consequences of any false punishment they’ve meted out, not just the protection of those being harassed; and the protection of whole communities from the consequence of such things ever being meekly tolerated.

  17. I’m in like Flynn.

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    • Flint, you mean. :@)

    • “In like Flynn” is a slang phrase meaning “having achieved a goal or gained access as desired”. The title of the film In Like Flint (1967) is a play on the term, and that has led to a malapropism where some speakers believe that is the original phrase.

  18. Not signing. I am my own person and do not have to belong to any group to prove I am free to do what I want, when I want. Besides, all y’all will probably end up on some list owned by the government.

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  19. Signed. Planning to move when I can. Don’t know how soon that can be.

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    • Glad to join

  20. “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others”; “I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.”
    – Groucho Marx

    “The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.”; “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”
    – H.L. Mencken

    “To hell with the State. The State, its employees, contractors, and its community activists are uninvited, hostile intruders in my life. They and the force of their actions against my life, liberty, and property must be defended against sufficient to overcome, or at least as it is in my power to do so. To help secure myself, I offer my service in defense of others’ life, liberty and property against the same.”
    – Mark Watson

    The Philosophy of Liberty
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHg86Mys7I

    Please accept this as my signature to become a member of the Shire.

    In Liberty and Voluntary Association,
    Mark R. Watson, 09/17/2012
    voluntaryist.markrwatson.org

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  21. I really hope I’ll be able to make the move to the Shire some day. Looking for a liberty loving lady to become my liberty loving wife, and to help me get a visa. 😉

    Dean T. Harris
    Flesherton, Ontario (…for the time being)

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  22. I love New Hampshire! It’s been a great place to raise a family, to live, work, and play. Everyday beauty is a part of life here, and Freedom & Liberty folks find their true home. Live Free and Love Life!

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  23. Jesse D. McDonald

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    • Jesse,you may actually have written something intelligent in your post, even though I seriously doubt it. still Jesse, if no one else, or extremely few have a clue WHAT you have posted, then it surely is of little, if any significanse or value. I have to wonder, since no one (again or very very few) has a idea what you are trying to say. Who are you trying to impress with your seemingly obtuse post? Because I say it surely isn’t working.

    • Jesse, in case you may think otherwise I wanted you to know that I do know what a PGP message is, and that fact has nothing to do with my post as to ‘Who are you trying to impress?’,but was directed to the purpose of posting a comment
      and the worth and/or value of such a post if no one knows what, if any value or information it may contain. Take care mr jesse

  24. The term “free state project” is an oxymoron. I endorse free streets, free communities, and the Shire society.

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  25. Rebekah A Jones (Bella). Consider this my signature. Moving to Manchester (i think) very soon with nothing left but myself, small dog and suitcase. This will be my final attempt to adapt and overcome what have been overwhelming circumstances, and if I have to start all over with nothing I’d rather do it there, with my liberty intact if not my pride. Any hints, small adaptive living arrangements, ideas for an exchange of labor or intellect while I grab on to my bootstraps…? Advice or leads of all types gratefully welcomed.

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  26. Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.

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  27. You may not be able to EAT money, but you sure can’t buy food without it! It all goes hand in hand in survival. Freedom to America!

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  28. There is a lot of argument here in regard to this precept or that precept and whether or not any individuals have “The Right” to say or do something that the “rest of us” find unusual. But that is precisely what the United States was founded upon; the RiUght to say “No”. And the Shire Society is continuing that noble concept. Cheers to all, and may this great concept continue forever!?h

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  29. Signed, although I am unsure how soon I could afford to move, let alone get a job and place to stay.

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  30. Unless you renounce your citizenship at a US embassy (they have a piece of paper for you to sign), you’re still bound by the laws of the US. Please visit the nearest embassy and get the fuck out of my country.

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    • “my country” .. ROFLMAO it don’t belong to you it never has. And If you have some documents that prove otherwise then keep your comments about ownership to your self. You don’t and never have owned anything. You can not pay for anything with a debt note.

    • I agree take a hike ,bunch of nutjobs.Especialy that guy on the youtube videos.H says “FREE KEENE.COM.What an idiot

    • Fill me with freedom and away from all this oppression & false justice system. I may inhibit California but the hostility is why I do not consent to any of their laws.I’ve even been shot in the neck by an officer back when I turned 18 I’m now 23 & the last thing I told my lawyer was so you’re telling me that I’m not going to make out on this because I’m not dead or paralyzed & he responded to me saying what do you want lo happen to the officer & I quote him “do you want him to be prosecuted” I said hell yea! but unfortunately he told me you and I both know that’s not going to happen ?and 8 settled out of court for barley enough to pay my hospital bills the bullet went into my neck to my shoulder it’s changed my view and opened my eyes to the bigger picture this is my signature and if hope to be apart of Keene someday too.

  31. I notice many people hanging on to the idea of having a “president” or some form of legislature created by a de facto, but at the same time they claim they are free. That’s nonsense and a misnomer at best.

    Can you say double minded, or a state of delusional insanity?

    You can NOT have it both ways. Either one will love the freedom of being self governed, or the idea of being governed by another. A man’s actions will always define his need for governance.

    Man can not create a de jure “government”. Once it is put on paper it then becomes de facto.

    If one claims a title he has deceived himself along with others. Is it not true there is neither male nor female, neither Jew nor Greek, neither bond or free?

    I am that I am, and nothing more than the I am that I am. So I can not be a title, name, word, or idea in the form of an expression.

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  32. i am a 33 year old soul. the turn to dust, Paul Kovack turned me into a potery and gave me inspriration for dreams of freedom an i will speak in art, to convey a golden crown. for we all are kings. listen to the words written down on our Hemp written constitution.. look it up…. its hard to kick against the thorns,theres many natural extensions to carry our freedom…….. what happens when you grow old, your blood doesnt turn to dust.. YOU’RE STILL ALIVE so naturally religiously unkind. its only a different point of view, but we all have love, thats what unites us, not beliefs… NO TRUE MAGICIAN HAS EVER SACRIFICED LIFE, DRANK BLOOD, OR TAKEN PART IN ANY OTHER STUPID URBAN LEGEND RITUAL. THEY GIVE BACK TO THE EARTH OUT OF LIFE. THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOR IS LEFT TO THE PSYCHOTIC, DOGMATIC, THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOR IS LEFT TO THE SICK. AND IM IN THE THICK OF IT!!!!!!!!!! LEAVE IT TO THE FUNDELMENTALIST BELIEVERS YOU SEE ON T.V. EVERYDAY LETTING OFF BOMBSAND KILLING PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF GOD………BELIEFS ARE DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! BELIEFS ALLOW THE MIND TO STOP FUNCTIONING… A NON-FUNCTIONING MIND IS CLINICALLY DEAD. BELIEVE IN NOTHING…………………………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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