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.

260 Comments

  1. 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!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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?

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  4. Agreed and would to join like minded individuals in Keene

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

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

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

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  8. 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

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  9. The Shire is everywhere!

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  10. I sign this declaration. Heiko Cochius

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

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

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

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

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  15. Signed by Blake Roeder

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  16. 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!

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  17. 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!

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

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

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    • “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.

  20. 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.

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  21. 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

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

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  24. 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!

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  25. 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

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  26. This sure is something I can agree with.

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  27. 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.

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  28. I sign the declaration

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  29. I live in NH, and I’m not to thrilled about out of staters coming in to try and foster their beliefs on everyone else. Of course we all want to live free (and we do in this great country!), but we also need a strong government to make things fair and liveable for everyone. I don’t want someone opening a chemical dump next door to me, so I support zoning and environmental regulations. I don’t want drunken bozos walking around with AK47’s so I support reasonable gun control laws. I want good cultural opportunities for myself, my family  and my neighbors, so I support well funded public libraries, museums, and of course schools. The most liveable and wealthiest countries in the world are ones with a strong, well funded government – like Sweden, Denmark, etc. Countries with weak governments are generally a mess. That’s how civilization works. I agree there is way too much corruption in our government, but much of that corruption stems from the very wealthy manipulating the government for their own ends. Listen to Bernie Sanders, one of the few politicians who has the guts to speak out against the real evils of democracy.

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    • You can still do all of the things you want to, we are not forcing anything on you but living the way we want to. If you care about the environment then you should oppose government completely, as war and violence are the most fundamental destructive forces to the environment. People are part of the environment.

      If you want to see businesses grow that have integrity, are environmentally conscious and align with your values, then you can support or remove support by choosing where to shop. New Hampshire has the second largest network of co-ops, permaculture, alt energy, and free trade in the country next to Minnesota. Free trade in this sense refers to allowing consumers to choose raw milk and unregulated foods, which gives farmers much more freedom to connect with the land and the people the way they see fit.

      If you really want to see some exciting environmental practices, check out PermaCityLife in Franklin, New Hampshire. There are a lot of anarchists involved that want to decrease government, and the state is getting in the way with regulations and trying to steal Todd Workman’s money for not organizing his plans the way the state wants. This is impeding, not helping. Whatever your beliefs are, you can be a part of the movement by coexisting with us and taking action instead of getting caught up in beliefs.

  30. HOWARD ROARK; I CANT WAIT UNTIL I FINISH COLLEGE AND CAN MOVE TO NH TO START MY CAREER IN NANOMEDICINE. IF YOU CAN HOLD ON FOR A FEW MORE YEARS, I WILL BRING THE FOUNDATION TO BUILDING THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH; AND WE CAN START TAKING BACK THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY…

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  32. I, Bradley Hunt sign the Shire Society Declaration and intend to move to New Hampshire for the Free State Project.

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  33. I, Marissa Hunt sign the Shire Society Declaration and I intend to move to New Hampshire for the Free State Project 😀

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  34. TomZootsi We are just working within the system like everyone tells us to. Don’t get upset if we play the democracy game and happen to win.

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  35. Melanie Johnson

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  37. Because liberty and freedom is not a “belief” to be foisted on others as some think it is (see posts…yikes!) and is actually a way of life and a way to have a true civil society where all *voluntarily* work together (and separately) to accomplish goals and fulfill dreams without stealing from one another by force or threats I am pleased to sign this declaration…

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  38. Steven Emory Comer
    It is an honor to sign my name to a document that has clearly been drafted by an individual, of high consciousness, well versed in Natural Law. I pledge to Live my life in harmony with both The Non Aggression and the self defense principle this document invokes.
    May Truth, Liberty, and Love be bestowed on all humankind, especially though in harmony with the divine understanding of freedom this document implies.

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