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.

  • JuggaloJoe

    Joseph M Davis

  • Brett

    Brett Harrison Clarke

  • ooqeru

    Signed… because LIBERTY works! Derek J. Hanson

  • jayphailey

    Jay P. Hailey

  • repairmanjack

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • SpoonerPhan


  • Butt Genie

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

  • Rearden

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

  • Kinetics


  • storm1977

    Glad to join!

  • William Thieme

    I declare my independence from all states.
    William Thieme

  • Comet

    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.

  • logicalmynd

    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

  • Mike

    Signed, though I can only join you in spirit.

  • smeckma


  • jbaldwin


  • Ian St.Clair

    Signed, and thank you all.

  • Charles Jewell

    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.

  • Kianquenseda

    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.

  • Haydrien Vantrese

    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.

  • DishonestAbe

    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.

  • Ian Marshall

    I’m honored to be here and sign wholeheartedly!

  • antiquer king

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

  • antiquer king


  • Jess Bernstein

    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.

  • Rory Smith

    Rory Clifford Smith

  • Jeremy

    Consider me signed up

  • druoak01

    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!

  • Greg Gauthier

    #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.

    • Karl Schipul

      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.

  • Barry Hayes

    I’m in like Flynn.

    • Brad Drew

      Flint, you mean. :@)

      • j6j6321

        “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.

  • PJ Shea

    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.

  • Terry Adair

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

  • Robert Taylor

    The undersigned is hereby declared a member of the Shire Society,
    Robert Taylor

  • Mark Watson

    “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

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

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

  • Dean T. Harris

    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)

  • Michelle Hamilton Williams

    Consider this my signature!!

  • iPat

    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!

  • Jesse McDonald

    Jesse D. McDonald

    Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (GNU/Linux)


  • Don Duncan

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

  • Bella111

    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.

  • Michael Muracco

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

  • Brigitte Roberts

    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!

  • Violist Fiftysix

    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

  • Michelle Kinchen Green

    I totally agree

  • Mike Rinderle

    I’m in!

  • Joseph Grabko

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

  • yeah

    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.

    • Gaylan

      “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.

    • batman

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

  • Kina Bar

    I agree and sign

  • Gaylan

    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.

  • disqus_LCSrJYr45p

    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…………………………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • disqus_LCSrJYr45p

    We all have faces and are united thru LOVE. under one sky, sun, moon and stars….. some of you should have racing stripes the way you wan a pursuit…… one by one. recognize the old poster. “I want You” chosen few!!!!!!!!!!

  • N/A

    I have been following free keene for two days now spending about 7 hours a day watching the videos. I am going into L.E. and agree with the basic concept you have, but you are going about it the wrong way and making fools of yourselves. It so entertaining. I’d almost rather watch you guys in court then Will Ferrel on SNL. Try going about it in a more respectful way and that is how you will win more support and gain followers for your cause. Good luck.

  • N/A

    Also could some answer this question for me:

    When you are living in this “free state”, what happens when someone does something wrong in the Shire? Who determines what happens to them? and who gives them that authority to do so if its a free state?

  • Deon Howard

    Agreed and would to join like minded individuals in Keene

  • Richard Sage


  • Brad Drew

    Im in, no matter where I live. All the best, I will support this effort any way I can, in liberty, DrGetaBit

  • louis rodriguez

    I praise what you are doing stand up for your rights . I a member of no fear legal texas keep up the good work

  • louis rodriguez

    if you need any help please let me know

  • louis rodriguez

    Louis rodriguez accept as signature as member of shire louis5855@outlook,com

  • Arch Angel

    Count me in.

    “A great nation does not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. Initially, the nation is carried by the revolutionary zeal of Patriots who have gambled their fortunes and lives; that have bled to give that nation birth; and struggled to preserve their vision for their progeny. It is when they have become established that aims are lost, ideals are replaced by vague ritual, and the Patriots are supplanted by opportunists, sycophants, and an army of bureaucrats.” – Arch Angel

  • Beau Riley

    The Shire is everywhere!

  • Heiko Cochius

    I sign this declaration. Heiko Cochius

  • Nick Cresci

    I’m signing this and coming New Hampshire soon! Thank you!

  • Michael Shanklin

    Thank you for all your hard work! The right to not be a slave to government is an alienable right!

  • centromere


  • Christopher Butcher

    For Life, Liberty and in the pursuit of happiness !! This is my signature to become a member of the Shire. Thank you.

  • Andy Hollums

    I’m in. And maybe one day I’ll live in the Shire.

  • James Delnort

    Hereby signed by James Delnort.


    Signed by Blake Roeder

  • markross67


  • Pete Siegel

    I believe in one’s rights to not be taken away or infringed by force as our government does so often. I whole heartedly agree with the Shire Society Declaration. God live freedom and the right to enjoy it for all!

  • Christopher Chase Rachels

    I would amend the second precept to include force initiation against property as well. Also I would add somewhere in here that property may only be justly acquired through original appropriation (aka homesteading) or voluntary exchange. Other than that I love it!

  • Sojourner Fathom

    The undersigned is hereby declared a member of the Shire Society,
    Robert, of the family Kight

  • Cory Lowe


  • your name

    I think I am going to get this fabricated as my license plate.

    • P James

      “only lawful instrument of detained is a sworn statement of personal injury”. Er, no, not according to US law. You’re just making shit up.

  • your name
  • Bo Hollingsworth

    Unless you move here and run for state Representative, to change bad laws and vote for secession, you are wasting you time. Changing laws must be part of the declaration.

  • daniel Allen

    I’m with you all in spirit aiming to move out in two years. Man makes a strong stance
    when he declares to stand for another’s freedom. No one is given freedom so for now, numbers
    can stand as encouragement to others that need a little nudge

  • Guest

    I, the undersigned, hereby declare myself a sovereign member of the Society of the Shire.
    – Joshua K. Metzger

    Also, I am interested in ordination into the ministry of the Free Church of the Shire. I will contact you via Facebook, as instructed. Peace be with us all.

  • Josh Metzger

    I, the undersigned, hereby declare myself a sovereign member of the Society of the Shire.

    – Joshua Metzger

    Also, I am interested in ordination into the ministry of the Free Church of the Shire. I will contact you via Facebook, as instructed. Peace be with us all.

  • Steven Greenwalt

    I’m in.

  • Dakota Reynolds

    I, Dakota Reynolds, sign this declaration and am hoping to move to Keene, NH soon from Oklahoma. I’d love to get in contact with someone who lives there now!

  • Barry Ellis


  • Duratec Dave


  • Jerry Gogart

    Newly arrived free stater. Just arrived in Berlin (all we could afford) a week ago last Sunday, and settling in. Happy to sign, and start meeting folks

  • Dr. C.N. Turrell

    This sure is something I can agree with.

  • Eric Blair

    I do not need to sign this to be free, nor to know that I am free. I was born free, it was then that men claiming to represent me, sought to enslave me.

  • Shawn Grissom

    I sign the declaration