Centralism is sexy. It explains how people the world over could be drawn in by the damaged goods called Hitler. He was even popular in the USA for a while.
Rabid individualism can be sexy too. The mountain man. The ronin. The Marlboro man. The Equalizer.
Both sides are unrealistic and destructive, especially when they discount the contributions of the opposite extreme.
Where does that leave us?
No man is an island. But that doesn't mean the state is the arbiter of the vast gray area between collective and individual existence. The state is - unnatural.