“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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But it’s also worth remembering that it was not always this way. King was widely reviled in his lifetime, attacked as a troublemaker, a liar, a con man and a communist.

These smears are part of his legacy as well. They remind us that even American icons were once demonized and derided. And when we whitewash history into simplicity, we lose a sense of the real struggle that can inspire endurance today.

John Avlon on how Dr. King’s been whitewashed. (Photo: William Lovelace / Getty Images)