You have to be careful about declaring progress in history. Think of poor Hegel. In 1806 the matchless German philosopher was in the streets of Jena when the emperor Napoleon rode by. "I have seen the world spirit on horseback," he wrote. He meant that after millennia of lurching around, human history had come to its senses and reached its pinnacle — embodied in a leader who personified the spirit of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, solidarity. Above all: freedom. Our species had finally achieved its potential.
So how’d that work out for him and the rest of us?
It's almost the end of 2014, and it has been quite a year.
We've assembled some of our favourite, most inspiring and powerful posts from across the site in blogs, columns, books, podcasts and news and have, ever so conveniently, rounded up those roundups right here for you.
Please enjoy rabble's best of 2014, and have a great holiday!
As blogs coordinator at rabble.ca, Michael Stewart gets to read the best writing we have to offer. Here are his favourites from 2014.
'Tis the season for year-end countdowns, and rabble's Labour Beat Reporter is not immune to roundup frenzy!
So, in no particular order, here is the Year in Canadian labour.
At the federal level, the zombie-like Bill C-377, rose from the grave.
Peter Mansbridge and Stephen Harper sat down for their annual chat on Wednesday Dec. 17, and we learned some hard-hitting truths about politics in Canada like apparently Canada's emissions are going down, and we need to protect Big Oil.
This all leads to the biggest question of 2014: What is the Harper government's biggest transgression in 2014?
This year, rabble.ca continued its work to report activist and progressive news along with misreported and underreported stories across the country.
From new discussions about sexual consent and workplace harassment, to talking about systemic racism through the tragic events that have led to the #BlackLivesMatter protests, rabble.ca has been bringing progressive news to our readership and beyond.
We've gathered together some of our most-read articles here for you. We hope that the analysis, opinions, struggles and victories you read about here are 15 articles to will inspire you for the progressive work to come in 2015:
The September 2014 New Brunswick election was not just an election. It was a referendum on shale gas and unconventional hydraulic fracking.
The Conservative party tried to convince voters that the development of shale gas is New Brunswick's only hope to create jobs and stop the exodus of young workers out west. But, most voters did not buy into this narrow one-sided view. Citizens elected a Liberal majority government on the promise of an immediate moratorium on fracking and David Coon, leader of the Green Party, became the first elected Green MLA in Canadian history.
Welp! Another year has come and gone in the book lounge and we've got a whole slew of great reviews to prove it.
With a focus on Canadian publishers and Canadian authors, the book lounge was able to dive into a range of genres from Canadian politics to short stories to environmental issues to poetry and more with our original reviews.
So here, in no particular order, are some of my favourite original rabble reviews from 2014.
The war on higher education: What side are you on? by Tiana Reid
It was a year of progressive insights and analysis from rabble.ca columnists! In 2014, our columnists spoke out about a range of issues in Canada, including labour struggles, abortion rights, climate justice, decolonization, privacy, politics and much, much more. Here, we review the year in columns and highlight some of our favourites from each month. For a complete selection of our columns, check out our columns section!