July 5, 2016—Adam Kokesh, liberty activist and author of Freedom, celebrated the 4th of July by declaring his own independence. Atop a shipping container covered in solar panels, the Iraq war veteran announced his “zero-waste, completely off-grid home” known as Freedom Ranch to be sovereign territory.
“Happy Independence Day, America,” Kokesh gleamed.
With his wife-to-be, Macey Tomlin, Kokesh went on to say that they were “living in fear, in fear of the threats of our local government for what we are doing here, which is entirely peaceful, in creating a single-family homestead on this 10 acres of land that I have bought and paid for and own outright.”
“I will not live in fear anymore,” he added.
“I will not grovel. I will not pay your fines. I will not ask for your permission to exercise my rights any longer, and I will not be silent, and I will not be quiet about what we are doing here today.”
Facing threats of “a hearing” from the local government, Kokesh said his way of living was “now an act of civil disobedience.”