MY Lives in Kampala, Uganda

He has asked to be interviewed anonymously.

JE: MY, my name is John Elkins and I am taking the Thinktank Navigator course with you. What do you think about the course so far?

MY: Thanks John I think the course is one of the greatest that enables think tanks to flourish. And what are your thoughts on it?

JE: I am also glad to have found a nonprofit incubator… What webinars have you watched? Which have you gotten the most out of?

MY: I watched several, can’t remember all, but some of them are: 1. The rhetoric of liberty with Tom Palmer, 2. Driving social media engagement and reach 3. Creating impactful partnerships: three keys to success, 4. Looking through the Overton window: how to win the battle of ideas and change policy, 5. Leveraging direct mail campaigns- success tips from France,  6. Liberty pod: casting for freedom. The basics of podcasting and how you can use it to share your message,  7. Making tough decisions: how to handle events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

And some more others.

JE: What are you doing in the movement now?

MY: Advancing libertarian on a daily basis contributing towards the revolutionary restructuring of Sudan.

JE: Revolutionary restructuring of Sudan?

MY: Removing the power from the hands of the Islamic Fundamentalist elitist group which have been committing genocides against our masses for decades, that led to the separation of the bigger part of Sudan.

To enable the people to get the power so as to restructure the country on New complete constructive change basis in which no one racist, religious, sectarian, mafia or elitist group have a monopoly over the state and decide on behalf of the people over who will be their enemy or friend. 

Rather people will be free to coexist as individuals and groups who will cooperate with each other voluntarily,  and the state will be there only to facilitate their internal and external flourishing rather than becoming an obstacle to their prosperity and turn one group against the other to benefit the elitist group in power while sinking the masses into hatred and violence.

JE: Wow, you said a mouthful… What do you see as your roll in this?

Role in the road to positive progressive inclusive Sudan for all Sudanese is to create awareness in the field of human rights, liberty, and mobilize masses to demand their stake in the country through peaceful and voluntary means.

Using peaceful protests and sit-ins as it’s going on in several areas within the most war-torn areas like Darfur to pressure the genocidal regime to withdraw and disarm its militias and secure the farms of the farmers. 

So their lives will be undisturbed by the tribal and racist militias which were being armed by the regime of Bashir to carry out genocide in Darfur 18 years ago which have never stopped the atrocities even though the media stopped covering those crimes long ago.

JE: I don’t know anything about Sudan…. is there a libertarian party there?

MY: There has never been an influential political party with libertarian philosophy but there are powerful armed revolutionary movements with libertarian programs and non-armed activism based libertarian movements struggling for a free society.

JE: What are the names of the libertarian movements?

MY: Sudan Liberation Movement/Army led by Abdulwahid Mohammed Alnur is fighting for Libertarian, Democratic, Secular, and Federal Sudan based on equal citizenship rights and obligations. 

The movement has Students’ faction known as the United Popular Front that has the strongest presence in all Sudanese universities that promote values of the free society and create awareness about the misinformation being instilled on the people by the Islamic Fundamentalist State machinery.

Through organizing discussions, informative symposiums, and debates on the daily matters of the state and mostly on the field of marginalized communities and regions of Sudan but also there are other movements with the same name. 

Sudan Liberation Movements with slight or no differences in the name led by other leaders who were initially part of the same movement but broke away to sign peace agreements with the regime. 

Some managed to sign some kind of agreement based on shaky ground that could not bring any positive change on the ground even to themselves so those groups some changed their libertarian principles to other than libertarianism.

They thought it is too radical to accomplish such as libertarian free society and others still claim libertarianism,  but in the field, they have no political or military influence. So the only strongest movement with libertarian principles in Sudan as per now is Sudan Liberation Movement/Army led by Abdulwahid Mohammed Alnur. 

The strongest student-led movement in all Sudanese Universities is its very own student wing United Popular Front that advocates rationally about free prosperous Sudan based on libertarian principles. 

There are individual advocates and civil society organizations which started embracing libertarianism.

JE: On a scale of 1-10 one being totally statist – 10 totally libertarian… How would you rate the Sudan Liberation Movement?

MY: 9. Sudan Liberation Movement/Army did not reject non-violent means rather it was formed in 1992 by university students as one of the nonviolent movements basically to call for the rights of the marginalized people of Sudan.

At the end of 2002, it’s being forced by the regime of Omer Al-Bashir who said that we came to power by the use of guns. Whoever is dreaming of liberty in this country has to take up arms and refuses to listen to the peaceful means of ending human rights violations. 

It left no option for the movement but to take up arms. That’s the language the elitist ruling group could understand at the time but that does not mean Sudan Liberation Movement/Army is only using arms as the means to accomplish a free prosperous peacefully coexisting society. Rather it’s using popular peaceful means of demonstrations and intellectual liberation as great pillars to liberty.

JE: If I were to send you a list of non-violent tactics… Could you tell me if you (SLM) have tried them, how effective they were, and the consequences of using them?

MY: You mean you have the list or want to know about it?

JE: Here is my list;


Formal Statements

                    1. Public Speeches

                    2. Letters of opposition or support

                    3. Declarations by organizations and institutions

                    4. Signed public statements

                    5. Declarations of indictment and intention

                    6. Group or mass petitions

Communications with a Wider Audience

                    7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols

                    8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications

                    9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books

                    10. Newspapers and journals

                    11. Records, radio, and television

                    12. Skywriting and earth writing

Group Representations

                    13. Deputations

                    14. Mock awards

                    15. Group lobbying

                    16. Picketing

                    17. Mock elections

Symbolic Public Acts

                    18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors

                    19. Wearing of symbols

                    20. Prayer and worship

                    21. Delivering symbolic objects

                    22. Protest disrobing

                    23. Destruction of own property

                    24. Symbolic lights

                    25. Displays of portraits

                    26. Paint as protest

                    27. New signs and names

                    28. Symbolic sounds

                    29. Symbolic reclamations

                    30. Rude gestures

Pressures on Individuals

                    31. “Haunting” officials

                    32. Taunting officials

                    33. Fraternization

                    34. Vigils

Drama and Music

                    35. Humorous skits and pranks

                    36. Performances of plays and music

                    37. Singing


                    38. Marches

                    39. Parades

                    40. Religious processions

                    41. Pilgrimages

                    42. Motorcades

Honoring the Dead

                    43. Political mourning

                    44. Mock funerals

                    45. Demonstrative funerals

                    46. Homage at burial places

Public Assemblies

                    47. Assemblies of protest or support

                    48. Protest meetings

                    49. Camouflaged meetings of protest

                    50. Teach-ins

Withdrawal and Renunciation

                    51. Walk-outs

                    52. Silence

                    53. Renouncing honors

                    54. Turning one’s back


Ostracism of Persons

                    55. Social boycott

                    56. Selective social boycott

                    57. Lysistratic nonaction

                    58. Excommunication

                    59. Interdict

Noncooperation with Social Events, Customs, and Institutions

                    60. Suspension of social and sports activities

                    61. Boycott of social affairs

                    62. Student strike

                    63. Social disobedience

                    64. Withdrawal from social institutions

Withdrawal from the Social System

                    65. Stay-at-home

                    66. Total personal noncooperation

                    67. “Flight” of workers

                    68. Sanctuary

                    69. Collective disappearance

                    70. Protest emigration (hijrat)


Actions by Consumers

                    71. Consumers’ boycott

                    72. Nonconsumption of boycotted goods

                    73. Policy of austerity

                    74. Rent withholding

                    75. Refusal to rent

                    76. National consumers’ boycott

                    77. International consumers’ boycott

Action by Workers and Producers

                    78. Workmen’s boycott

                    79. Producers’ boycott

Action by Middlemen

                    80. Suppliers’ and handlers’ boycott

Action by Owners and Management

                    81. Traders’ boycott

                    82. Refusal to let or sell property

                    83. Lockout

                    84. Refusal of industrial assistance

                    85. Merchants’ “general strike”

Action by Holders of Financial Resources

                    86. Withdrawal of bank deposits

                    87. Refusal to pay fees, dues, and assessments

                    88. Refusal to pay debts or interest

                    89. Severance of funds and credit

                    90. Revenue refusal

                    91. Refusal of a government’s money

Action by Governments

                    92. Domestic embargo

                    93. Blacklisting of traders

                    94. International sellers’ embargo

                    95. International buyers’ embargo

                    96. International trade embargo


Symbolic Strikes

                    97. Protest strike

                    98. Quickie walkout (lightning strike)

Agricultural Strikes

                    99. Peasant strike

                    100. Farm Workers’ strike

Strikes by Special Groups

                    101. Refusal of impressed labor

                    102. Prisoners’ strike

                    103. Craft strike

                    104. Professional strike

Ordinary Industrial Strikes

                    105. Establishment strike

                    106. Industry strike

                    107. Sympathetic strike

Restricted Strikes

                    108. Detailed strike

                    109. Bumper strike

                    110. Slowdown strike

                    111. Working-to-rule strike

                    112. Reporting “sick” (sick-in)

                    113. Strike by resignation

                    114. Limited strike

                    115. Selective strike

Multi-Industry Strikes

                    116. Generalized strike

                    117. General strike

Combination of Strikes and Economic Closures

                    118. Hartal

                    119. Economic shutdown


Rejection of Authority

                    120. Withholding or withdrawal of allegiance

                    121. Refusal of public support

                    122. Literature and speeches advocating resistance

Citizens’ Non Cooperation with Government

                    123. Boycott of legislative bodies

                    124. Boycott of elections

                    125. Boycott of government employment and positions

                    126. Boycott of government depts., agencies, and other bodies

                    127. Withdrawal from government educational institutions

                    128. Boycott of government-supported organizations

                    129. Refusal of assistance to enforcement agents

                    130. Removal of own signs and placemarks

                    131. Refusal to accept appointed officials

                    132. Refusal to dissolve existing institutions

Citizens’ Alternatives to Obedience

                    133. Reluctant and slow compliance

                    134. Non Obedience in absence of direct supervision

                    135. Popular nonobedience

                    136. Disguised disobedience

                    137. Refusal of an assemblage or meeting to disperse

                    138. Sitdown

                    139. Noncooperation with conscription and deportation

                    140. Hiding, escape, and false identities

                    141. Civil disobedience of “illegitimate” laws

Action by Government Personnel

                    142. Selective refusal of assistance by government aides

                    143. Blocking of lines of command and information

                    144. Stalling and obstruction

                    145. General administrative noncooperation

                    146. Judicial noncooperation

                    147. Deliberate inefficiency and selective noncooperation by enforcement agents

                    148. Mutiny

Domestic Governmental Action

                    149. Quasi-legal evasions and delays

                    150. Noncooperation by constituent governmental units

International Governmental Action

                    151. Changes in diplomatic and other representations

                    152. Delay and cancellation of diplomatic events

        153. Withholding of diplomatic recognition

                    154. Severance of diplomatic relations

                    155. Withdrawal from international organizations

                    156. Refusal of membership in international bodies

                    157. Expulsion from international organizations


Psychological Intervention

                    158. Self-exposure to the elements

                    159. The fast

                                        a) Fast of moral pressure

                                        b) Hunger strike

                                        c) Satyagrahic fast

                    160. Reverse trial

                    161. Nonviolent harassment

Physical Intervention

                    162. Sit-in

                    163. Stand-in

                    164. Ride-in

                    165. Wade-in

                    166. Mill-in

                    167. Pray-in

                    168. Nonviolent raids

                    169. Nonviolent air raids

                    170. Nonviolent invasion

                    171. Nonviolent interjection

                    172. Nonviolent obstruction

                    173. Nonviolent occupation

Social Intervention

                    174. Establishing new social patterns

                    175. Overloading of facilities

                    176. Stall-in

                    177. Speak-in

                    178. Guerrilla theater

                    179. Alternative social institutions

                    180. Alternative communication system

Economic Intervention

                    181. Reverse strike

                    182. Stay-in strike

                    183. Nonviolent land seizure

                    184. Defiance of blockades

                    185. Politically motivated counterfeiting

                    186. Preclusive purchasing

                    187. Seizure of assets

                    188. Dumping

                    189. Selective patronage

                    190. Alternative markets

                    191. Alternative transportation systems

                    192. Alternative economic institutions

Political Intervention

                    193. Overloading of administrative systems

                    194. Disclosing identities of secret agents

                    195. Seeking imprisonment

                    196. Civil disobedience of “neutral” laws

                    197. Work-on without collaboration

                    198. Dual sovereignty and parallel government

MY: Great list. Any documents or books in those fields that can break them down in for detailed form


MY: Thanks.

JE: Welcome sir, I appreciate any feedback on SLM experience… that swarthmore link might be best…

MY: Pleasure, And great to know you. I appreciate your friendship

JE: What can I do to help you in your present situation?

MY: Great question. You can help through linking me to better educational opportunities if you can. Engage in our future campaigns. Connect us to wider pro liberty families. And give advice and suggestions on how free prosperous societies develop. Also u can help in linking with leadership mentors.

JE: What do you want to learn?

MY: Advanced leadership and computer science.


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