The Mother of the Progressive Movement

One thing that all oligarchies (socialism, communism, fascism, capitalism) have in common is Collectivism (judging people as a group rather than as individuals). That is no accident.

In early American History, it was the individual that was considered to be the base unit of society and therefore it was individual rights that were paramount in documents like the U.S. Constitution. But Mary Parker Follett, known as “The Mother of the Progressive movement” to some and “The Mother of Modern Management” to others, advocated the suppression of individual rights in favor of group identity (collectivism). It is far easier to control groups than it is to control individuals.  Group identity is so immersed in our society today that we all fall prey to it without even being aware of it. We think that we must check a box identifying as white, black, Hispanic, etc.

From this day forward I intend to check a write in: “I am human”.  We identify with Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, etc. With such ideas, we are never able to unite, and that is what all oligarchies fear most…. people united against collectivism (tyranny), and in favor of individual rights.  ~ Roma Cox

Here is a quote from one of Mary Parker Follett’s works titled “The New State” published in 1918, and available free at this link below on the internet WayBackMachine.  Follett was a brilliant, logical but flawed thinker and writer like Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedung.  Follett’s writing can be very captivating and persuasive unless you keep your head about you and your feet firmly planted in reality.  Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton reflect her thinking as do a genre of popular Hollywood movies and TV series persuading a generation about the superiority of “hive mentality” or multi-dimensional connections among members of a group.  Collectivism.

Progress then must be through the group process. Progress
implies respect for the creative process not the created thing; the
created thing is forever and forever being left behind us. The
greatest blow to a hide-bound conservatism would be the
understanding that life is creative at every moment. What the
hard-shelled conservative always forgets is that what he really
admires in the past is those very moments when men have strongly
and rudely broken with tradition, burst bonds, and created
something. True conservatives and true progressivism are not two
opposites: conservatives dislike “change” yet they as well as
progressives want to grow; progressives dislike to “stand pat,” yet
they as well as conservatives want to preserve what is good in the
present. But conservatives often make the mistake of thinking they
can go on living on their spiritual capital; progressives are often
too prone not to fund their capital at all.

That sounds like Obama’s campaign rhetoric: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. You didn’t create that by yourself.”  And it  sounds like Hillary Clinton’s “It takes a village” …”to raise a child.”

Chapter and quote referenced here:

Full book here:

More on Ms. Follett:


If you need an antidote, simply re-read George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (1984) or Eric Hoffer’s small book, “The True Believer” or anything by Ayn Rand or Alexander Solzhenitsyn, both personally experienced in the tribulations of collectivism.

To feel more of the tribulations of collectivism read “The Trial” by Franz Kafka or “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, two of the best books ever written, containing prescience equal to “1984.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

About budbromley

Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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