Various liberty-minded Keene personalities post here. (As well as some from across NH, as Free Keene has become a source for Shire-wide news and opinion.) Starting with NH natives and ending with the most recent movers, these are Free Keene’s bloggers. (Full names and forum “handles” included.) Click their names to see their blog posts:
|Caleb Dyer – Caleb is a writer, graphic designer, and tree care specialist. His parents moved him to NH when he was a baby and after graduating from Alvirne High School in 2015, Caleb decided not to pursue higher education due to the rising costs and stagnating quality. In 2016, Caleb was elected State Representative for the towns of Hudson and Pelham as a Republican. During his campaign he knocked doors each day after work; knocking on over 2,000 by mid September, and only spent ~$400; proving that, given the effort and diligence, good ideas can win on a budget. On February 9th, he switched his partisan affiliation to Libertarian; becoming the first member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in nearly two decades to serve the majority of his term as such.|
|Garret Ean (“giggan”) – Garret has been involved in political action since high school, but it wasn’t until college that he came to consider himself a liberty activist. In college, he ran for state representative twice, while pursuing a criminology degree. In late 2010, he started FreeConcord.org to cover news of interest to liberty activists in the greater Concord area. You may catch him in front of the state house with chalk and camera in hand, making futile attempts to objectively cover liberty-flavored events as he participates in them. The underlying theme of his activism is propagating the revolutionary notion that human beings own themselves.|
|Ian Freeman (“FTL_Ian”) – Ian is the program director of LRN.FM and hosts “Free Talk Live“. As a minister in the Shire Free Church, it’s his mission in life to effectively communicate and propagate the ideas of peace, love, and liberty, and to have fun doing it. Ian founded the Free Keene blog in late 2006 after moving to the Shire as part of the Free State Project. Here’s a more detailed bio.|
|JJ Epic – JJ is the former editor of the Free Keene Press, the creator and former producer of Free Keene TV and former Free Talk Live co-host. After discovering his talent and love for video he started a video production company called Starfall Media. He moved to Keene in December of 2007 and moved to Manchester in 2012 where he produces Neocash Radio, A weekly podcast that discusses the future of money today.|
|Rich Paul – Rich Paul is an early mover for the Free State Project and computer programmer by trade. He heroically stood up for his belief that the drug war needs to end, put his entire life on the line, and faced 100 years in prison. He was sentenced to one year in jail, aka the Keene Spiritual Retreat.|
|Christopher David – Chris is a web developer and early mover (as of 2009) for the Free State Project now living on the seacoast. He is the ‘illegal Uber driver’, arrested by Portsmouth police on felony wiretapping charges for a YouTube video showcasing effective activism. He is dedicated to ending wars and abolishing the State in our lifetime. Chris is also the founder of “Free UBER“, an activist network dedicated to defending ride-sharing worldwide.|
|Pete Eyre (“PeteEyre”) – Pete Eyre self-describes as a voluntaryist and hails from the Midwest. He went to school for law enforcement but ultimately concluded that he could have a bigger impact through other avenues. After four plus years working in the libertarian think tank world in DC he hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later Liberty On Tour. In addition to Free Keene, he’s now active with Cop Block.|
|Derrick J. Freeman – Derrick J is a handsome young peace activist dedicated to living free by helping others to live free. He left his gayborhood in Philadelphia in 2011 after Molyneaux, Rand, and Mises flipped on his AnCap lightswitch. He loves to meet new people and report on stories of agorism in action or participation in civil disobedience. The activism that Derrick J enjoys most are public 420 celebrations, “Robin-Hooding,” and traveling without proof of government permission. His work centers around exercising self-ownership and is highlighted here at FreeKeene.com as well as DerrickJ.me.|
|Darryl W. Perry (“southernpatriot”)– Darryl W. Perry is an activist, author, poet & statesman. Darryl is a regular contributor to The Bulverde Standard, The Canyon Lake Week and The Comal Beacon and writes a monthly article for The Sovereign. He hosts the weekly news podcasts Freedom Minute and Police Accountability Report and co-hosts the weekly radio show Voluntary Values on the Liberty Radio Network.
Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party.
Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications.
Darryl moved to Keene in Spring of 2012.
|Conan Salada (“conan”)– Conan moved to Keene with his daughter in tow in the spring of 2012 and quickly found himself immersed up to his eyeballs in activist opportunity. Since then he has been testing the waters in search of the activism type which best suits his play style. The search continues. Crafty and elusive, Conan is rarely seen during the day as he prefers the cool hours of night to earn his keep. His odd schedule sometimes conflicts with all the adventure that goes on during the day. Nevertheless, he has found the time to take on the role of co-producer and editor for the community based television news show: ShireTV. He is also a co-founder and chair member of the New Hampshire Liberty Party. A talented artisan and jack-of-all-trades, Conan’s gallery of sculpture and other media can be viewed at Red Pill Creations.|
|James Cleaveland (“lightspeedliberty”)– After being frustrated by the lack of progress of elsewhere and learning of the Free State Project in 2010 through Dave Ridley of the Ridleyreport and attending Porcfest 2011 and 2012, James Cleaveland moved to Keene in June 2012. Since arriving, he has been involved in many forms of activism in the Keene area from hosting ShireTV, chalking, Keene Copblock, jury outreach, trying to film in courthouses, and most recently, Robin Hooding. James believes that through dedication and hard work a more peaceful society can be achieved.|
|Robert Mathias (“rwmathias”)– Robert moved to Manchester, New Hampshire from Chicago for the Free State Project in January of 2014. The issues that are important to Robert are personal freedom and self-governance. As part of being an early mover, Robert’s passion is to document what life is like among early movers in a hope that it will inspire others to move early or at the very least sign the pledge in hopes to trigger the move. Check out his youtube vlogs on his Voluntarist Rebel channel.|
|Shire Dude (“ShireDude”) – Shire Dude is a freelance agorist who helps individuals and organizations film, edit and produce video content. He has been editing and filming projects since 2005, and he accepts bitcoin for his services. New Hampshire activism is highlighted by his show, ItsLikeThisToo, which is hosted by Ron Paul’s channel, Voices of Liberty. The Dude also co-hosts the Rebel Love Show and produces his own comedy show on YouTube. He escaped California and became an early mover for the Free State Project in May of 2014. To learn more, visit ShireDude.com.|
|James Davis (“James D.”) – James Davis is an unschooling father of two and a liberty activist from New Jersey. After learning about the Free State Project from Free Talk Live, he and his family made the move to Dover, New Hampshire, in October of 2014 to find more liberty for themselves and others. James makes his living running an unschooling and liberty-based summer camp called the Stomping Ground, and speaking at camp conferences nationwide about the benefits of giving children more freedom. He also does Juror Outreach, and is a blogger at Freecoast.org.|
|Melanie Johnson (“Mel”) – Melanie is an anarchist who moved to Keene on November 5, 2015. She believes in the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP), free markets, and holding philosophically consistent positions. In addition to the excruciating task of attempting to reconcile either minarchy or anarchy with the NAP, she spent part of her six years as a minarchist pursuing a law degree in the world’s Prison Capital in a misguided attempt to make it a freer place. She has participated in jury outreach, police checkpoint blocking, appeared on Free Talk Live, and advised other activists on the legal issues relevant to activism.|
|Steven Zeiler (“stevenzeiler”) – Steven Zeiler is a successful software entrepreneur and avid bitcoin user and evangelist dedicated to spreading everyday bitcoin use throughout his community. He was a pioneering engineer building open financial technology with Ripple financial software firm in Silicon Valley and now runs a software business in Portsmouth, New Hampshire dedicated to saving accountants at CPA firms more time to spend with their friends and loved ones. Steven moved to New Hampshire in 2016. You can engage with Steven every Thursday night on the Flaming Freedom, the most glamorous liberty-oriented show in the solar system.|
Inactive bloggers (for at least a year) as of 2015-11-18:
|Ademo V. Freeman (“Ademo”) – Ademo was born and raised in Wisconsin. He moved to New Hampshire to join other activists who advocate for a voluntary society. Ademo has been apart of projects like Motorhome Diaries, which traveled to 41 states and published almost 200 videos while “searching for freedom in America”, Cop Block.org, a police accountability site, and Liberty On Tour, which focuses on several aspects of the liberty movement. Ademo is excited to join Free Keene and when not doing activism, enjoys a good game of poker, a beer, and socializing with friends.|
|Eric Freerock (“ericfreerock”) – Eric is a Keene native concerned with the massive increases in the Keene property tax that has made Keene an undesirable place to try and own a house. Eric also hosts the Cop Block Radio Show on FPRNradio.com and is concerned with the ever- growing police state in which we find ourselves.|
|Jason Repsher (“Rapsher”) – Rapsher moved to Keene NH for the Free State Project in March 2011 from Reno, NV. He believes the ideas of liberty were always apparent in him. Being a non-conformist, along with an inability to pay attention in school, he had little to unlearn. In 2008 Rapsher’s views expanded from libertarian into voluntarism. With his cynical sense of humor and an intense internal optimism, Rapsher is genuinely confident that liberty will happen in his lifetime. His personal philosophy is that altruism is synonymous with human incentive, which will evolve into a purer form when human interactions can exist on a voluntary basis. Rapsher partakes in activism, outreach, working on Free Keene TV, Robin Hooding, and more to come.|
|Jay Freeville (“Jay”) – Jay finally moved to The Shire from Florida in 2011. He has been involved in the Free State Project movement since 2003,
and through the years has slowly progressed from being a minarchist to being a voluntaryist (if you really want to pigeonhole him). He spends his days making a living with online merchandise sales, causing trouble with his opinions, and running the Mail-to-Jail.com website.
|Kate Ager (“kager”) – Kate Ager was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire and has questioned ‘authority’ since a young age. Surrounded by people who do not think she is a bad person solely for failing to follow orders or obey certain laws, Kate no longer feels out of place. She is a voluntaryist who is trying to further expand her ideas and learn how to effectively communicate them. Kate believes that it is not what you do in life, but how you do it and it is not what you see, but the way you see it.|
|William Kostric – Growing weary of petty tyrants in Maricopa County, AZ, William determined to free range outside the confines of the United States. One night while researching the Iraq war, he happened upon the Free State Project forums and found that there were many like-minded individuals spread out across the continent. The idea of gathering in a localized area where a greater impact could be made struck a chord and he signed the statement of intent and made the move in 2008.
William’s current projects include Free State Now who’s goal is to complete the 20k signers before the end of 2014, The Quill – a libertarian community center in the Manchester area and working with Occupy New Hampshire to build a broad-based coalition of activists who are motivated to take local action towards measurable goals.