These signs notify that you are entering Zapatista controlled areas. Laws in the  Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities are not passed by “leaders”, as such, but by “Good Government Councils” and by the will of the people (representatives in these councils are truly representative of their communities, rather than professional politicians). This is very similar to the delegate structure that many anarchists engage in with spokescouncils, or with unions. In many communities, general assemblies gather during the week to decide on various things facing the community. The assemblies are open to all, with no formal hierarchy. The decisions made by the communities are passed to elected delegates whose only job is to give the decided upon information to a council of delegates. Like anarcho-syndicalist organizations, the delegates are recallable, and are also rotated. This way, massive numbers of people are able to decide things with no formal hierarchy, and without people speaking for them.

“Communists have always played an active role in the fight by Colonial countries for their Freedom,because the short term objects of communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movement.”Nelson Mandela

In this Picture Left to Right: Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela & Yossel Slovo (South African Communist Leader) at an ANC rally,1990 with the Flag of South African Communist Party

VICE Meets Slavoj Zizek

We travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to meet superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek. The “most dangerous philosopher in the West” talks about his new film, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, and lectures us on the importance of being on time. If you’re curious about that poster of Stalin on his wall, it’s “purely to annoy idiots” when they visit.

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