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Dorothy George On Industrialism: 1931


‘It is clearly impossible to draw up a balance-sheet of the goods and ills of industrialism.

There would be no agreement as to whether its ills, or goods, are increasing or decreasing. Some enthusiasts chiefly to be found in the United States would identify industrialization and civilization.

But most people would allow that its results are both good and bad.

In most parts of the world industrialism has meant an advance in material civilization, a rise in the standards of living, an improved status, and greater political power for the humbler classes; it has bettered health, lengthened life, lessened laborious toil, and brought with it greater leisure.’


Dorothy George, England in Transition, 1931 (Penguin Books: 1964), p. 164.