by Gene Sharp, with the assistance of Jamila Raqib
A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression
First Edition, November 2009
Self-Liberation (Download PDF)
(You may also order hard copies. Also available for download in Vietnamese.)
This strategic planning guide is intended to assist people who wish themselves
to plan a grand strategy, or super plan, to achieve their liberation
from oppression and to build a more free and democratic system.
This document is not only relevant to people facing
internal dictatorships. It is also meant to be useful to people facing
any kind of oppression.
This short document cannot include adequate in-depth presentations
of all the knowledge and ideas needed for strategic planning
of a nonviolent struggle for liberation.
Therefore, interspersed in this text are references to selected
published readings covering those important topics. Careful study
of these selected readings, available for download below, in the sequence recommended is essential.
They contain much of the understandings, knowledge, and insights
that may be useful in the preparation of strategies of liberation.
All of the readings recommended in Self Liberation may be downloaded as PDF files, here:
 Boston: Albert Einstein Institution
 Bangkok: Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma
 Boston: Extending Horizons Books, Porter Sargent Publishers