'Industry and Humanity'
Industry and Humanity -- a Study in the Principles Underlying Industrial Reconstruction was finally published in December 1918. Whatever Rockefeller or others might think of its worth, Mackenzie King was convinced that it was 'a good piece of work'. It was a contribution to a world-wide problem, and he had good reason to be proud of it. Its publication coincided with the ending of the First World War. Designed as it was to assist in the work of post-war industrial reconstruction, it came at the right moment, at a crisis in world affairs when it was most needed.
In many respects the proposals in it were radical, if not revolutionary, for this continent and that generation. In Great Britain and on the Continent, long before 1918, much had been written about co-partnership, profit-sharing, and various measures of social security, and some of the ideas were being translated into action. The British National Insurance Act of 1911, for example, provided for both health insurance and unemployment insurance. Joint councils were being established in England during the war years. These ideas did not originate with Mackenzie King. His own thinking about them, based upon long experience and wide reading, was closely akin to that of the more progressive writers in England. He had been favourably impressed by much, but not all,