Sunday, April 17, 2011
ASSEMBLY we have absteined from violence and we continue to uphold
principles of non violence and non discrimination. The arrest of Hon
Moses Mzila Ndlovu MDC Deputy Secretary General has left us with no
choice but to embark in a mass nation wide protest if he is not
released by Monday.
NATIONAL Healing and Reconciliation Minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu and a
Catholic priest were arrested on Friday for attending a memorial
service for victims of the 1980s Matabeleland genocide in Lupane.
Ndlovu and Father Marko Mabutho Mnkandla, who presided over
Wednesday's ceremony, are charged with "undermining police authority",
which as the MDCYA believe is nothing more than one of Mugabe's human
Zanu PF's tactics of terror will not reward this time around, this
will backfire and keep in mind that SADC which gave Mugabe legitimacy
after he lost the elections in 2008 no longer accepts any nonsense
from his regime.
"In times of universal deceit rightiousness is seen as a revolutionary
act." Hon Moses Mzila Ndlovu must walk free !!!!!!!!
Forward Ever Backward Never
MDC YOUTH ASSEMBLY
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We demand the release of Hon Moses Mzila Ndlovu by Monday if not, we will embark in a nation wide massive protests.
Bajila, the MDC Youth Assembly secretary general said they were
closely following Mzila- Ndlovu's case and if he is not released by
Monday they will visit all police stations around the country to stage
" If they don't release him after the weekend we are going to embark
on massive protests countrywide whereby all MDC Youths will visit
every and each police station and also ask to be arrested in
solidarity with Minister Mzila- Ndlovu, " said Bajila.
Bajila said they were shocked that Mzila-Ndlovu was arrested for
addressing and organising a Gukurahundi prayer meeting which is part
of his job as the National Healing Minister.
"Mzila-Ndlovu was doing his job and we are shocked why they arrested
him. The MDC appointed him on that position to work hard and his
duties included tackling the Gukurahundi issue. You can't talk about
national healing without talking about Gukurahundi massacres," the MDC
youth leader added.
Mzila Ndlovu is being held in the same camp with Roman Catholic priest
Father Marko Mabutho Mkandla who was arrested on Wednesday evening
after organising a mass to honour the victims of the Five Brigade.
In 1981, President Robert Mugabe sought the help of the North Koreans
to train a special and secretive army unit which he christened "
Gukurahundi."Its recruits came from the ranks of former Zanla
guerrillas from Tongogara Assembly Point. On its formation the then
Zapu leader Joshua Nkomo described the brigade as Mugabe,stribal and
personal army unit whose mission was to exterminate ethnic minorities
in Matabeleland and some parts of the Midlands provinces.
Human rights groups estimated that 20000 civillians were murdered by
the brigade under the command of a former Zanla cadre, Perrence Shiri
,now Zimbabwe's Air Marshall.
Forward Ever Backward Never
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
speaking in a telephone interview upon his arrival in Savu Cde Dube said, 'we are grateful for the invitation by the Y-Entreprenuership to the MDCYA. This event confirms our existence as a movement and the International recognition that we have. We know the skills and the network we will forge here will benefit our cadres in a great deal'
MDCYA department of International Relations and External Affairs is on a vibrant drive of locating the role of MDCYA in the global Youth Movement as evidenced by the Institution being granted delegate status at the oncoming International Union of Socialist Youth Festival in July.
Friday, April 8, 2011
MDC YOUTH ASSEMBLY has welcomed the 18th Anniversary in commemoration of the life and times of the former South African Communist Party [SACP] General Secretary, Cde
Thembisile Chris Hani.
Cde Chris was a generation of ANC, SACP Cadres and served under father Zimbabwe Joshua Nkomo in the 1967 Wankie war, Cde Chris and others took the struggle against
apartheid regime on their shoulders and solemnly declared that for them, it was FREEDOM or DEATH!
His killing by Janus Waluz on the morning of the 10th April 1993 nearly plunged
the South Africa into anarchy and unintended bloodshed. And it was the tenacious
intervention of the first democratic President Nelson Mandela.
Always we will remember him through his simple interpretation of
Marxist-Leninist tools of analysis that “Socialism has to be built here and now in the struggles of millions and millions of workers and the poor. Socialism, he
always said, is not built in a dream-world; it doesn’t belong to outer space, or
another time-zone. It has to be built here through collective efforts
Long live the spirit of Cde Thembisile Chris Hani.
MDC YOUTH ASSEMBLY
DEPUTY YOUTH CHAIRPERSON.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The youth constitute a representative of the future in the sense that the future of any society depends on the practical and spiritual moulding of the youth.The Youth should assimillate knowledge of all kinds.
NO revolution can be victorious without the effective education, organisation and mobilisation of the youth eg the French revolution 1789-99 a young man called Maximillien Robespierre the chief spokesman of the central government tried to translate the ideas of the Social Contract into practicality.Some people see it as a noble attempt to create a classless society based on Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood but it still serves as a basic model of the Center Left Wing politics.
Therefore let us combine our knowledge,radicalism, innovation!!
MDC YA RSA
JOLLYJANE JOCEELYNN HALIMANA
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Democratic socialism is often used in contrast to movements, such as Leninism, which resort to authoritarian means to achieve a transition to socialism (i.e., "democratic centralism", "vanguardism", etc.) instead advocating for the immediate creation of economic democracy by and for the working class.
Democratic socialism is difficult to define, and groups of scholars have radically different definitions for the term. Some definitions simply refer to all forms of socialism that follow an electoral, reformist or evolutionary path to socialism, rather than a revolutionary one. Often, this definition is invoked to distinguish democratic socialism from communism, as in Donald Busky's Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey, Jim Tomlinson's Democratic Socialism and Economic Policy: The Attlee Years, 1945-1951, Norman Thomas Democratic Socialism: a new appraisal or Roy Hattersley's Choose Freedom: The Future of Democratic Socialism.
But for those who use the term in this way, the scope of the term "socialism" itself can be very vague, and include forms of socialism compatible with capitalism. For example, Robert M. Page, a Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, writes about "transformative democratic socialism" to refer to the politics of the Clement Attlee government (a strong welfare state, fiscal redistribution, some nationalisation) and "revisionist democratic socialism", as developed by Anthony Crosland and Harold Wilson:
The most influential revisionist Labour thinker, Anthony Crosland..., contended that a more 'benevolent' form of capitalism had emerged since the [Second World War]... According to Crosland, it was now possible to achieve greater equality in society without the need for 'fundamental' economic transformation. For Crosland, a more meaningful form of equality could be achieved if the growth dividend derived from effective management of the economy was invested in 'pro-poor' public services rather than through fiscal redistribution.Indeed, some proponents of market socialism see the latter as a form of democratic socialism.
A variant of this set of definitions is Joseph Schumpeter’s argument, set out in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1941), that liberal democracies were evolving from "liberal capitalism" into democratic socialism, with the growth of workers' self-management, industrial democracy and regulatory institutions.
In contrast, other definitions of democratic socialism sharply distinguish it from social democracy. For example, Peter Hain classifies democratic socialism, along with libertarian socialism, as a form of anti-authoritarian "socialism from below" (using the term popularised by Hal Draper), in contrast to Stalinism and social democracy, variants of authoritarian state socialism. For Hain, this democratic/authoritarian divide is more important than the revolutionary/reformist divide. In this definition, it is the active participation of the population as a whole, and workers in particular, in the management of economy that characterises democratic socialism, while nationalisation and economic planning (whether controlled by an elected government or not) are characteristic of state socialism. A similar, but more complex, argument is made by Nicos Poulantzas.
Other definitions fall between the first and second set, seeing democratic socialism as a specific political tradition closely related to and overlapping with social democracy. For example, Bogdan Denitch, in Democratic Socialism, defines it as proposing a radical reorganization of the socio-economic order through public ownership, workers' control of the labor process and redistributive tax policies. Robert G. Picard similarly describes a democratic socialist tradition of thought including Eduard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky, Evan Durbin and Michael Harrington.
The term democratic socialism can be used in a third way, to refer to a version of the Soviet model that was reformed in a democratic way. For example, Mikhail Gorbachev described perestroika as building a "new, humane and democratic socialism". Consequently, some former Communist parties have re branded themselves as democratic socialist, as with the Party of Democratic Socialism in Germany.
Hal Draper uses the term "revolutionary-democratic socialism" as a type of socialism from below in his The Two Souls of Socialism. He writes: 'the leading spokesman in the Second International of a revolutionary-democratic Socialism-from-Below [was] Rosa Luxemburg, who so emphatically put her faith and hope in the spontaneous struggle of a free working class that the myth-makers invented for her a "theory of spontaneity"'. Similarly, about Eugene Debs, he writes: '"Debsian socialism" evoked a tremendous response from the heart of the people, but Debs had no successor as a tribune of revolutionary-democratic socialism'.
Justification of democratic socialism can be found in the works of social philosophers like Charles Taylor and Axel Honneth, among others. Honneth has put forward the view that political and economic ideologies have a social basis, that is, they originate from intersubjective communication between members of a society. Honneth criticises the liberal state because it assumes that principles of individual liberty and private property are ahistorical and abstract, when, in fact, they evolved from a specific social discourse on human activity. Contra liberal individualism, Honneth has emphasised the inter-subjective dependence between humans; that is, our well-being depends on recognising others and being recognised by them. Democratic socialism, with its emphasis on social collectivism, could be seen as a way of safeguarding this dependency.
In recent years, some have suggested replacing "democratic" with "participatory" upon seeing the reduction of the former to parliamentarism.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Gideon Mandaza MDC youth assembly National Chair says the youth could have kicked up the police in Chitungwiza.
"Yesterday the police came and disrupted the Chitungwiza rally. Youths
were heavly present such that they could have reacted violently to the
police but they remained calm. Among those who had come for the rally
were women and children ++ the entire National Executive. My Question
is, Whats yout take on the stance taken by youths of remaining calm,
because this was just the beginning, more is coming ?"
One thing for sure is that youths were not happy
Forward Ever Backward Never
Sir Shephard Dube