Individualism is a world view that expounds the theory of individual endeavours and effects over societal efforts. In Western societies individualism has different meanings. It (a) rejects any external authority, yet may have a sense of social duty; (b) emphasizes individual uniqueness; (c) resents intrusion of the state and government; (d) represents competitive economic individuals; (e) values every person compassionately.
Radicals are often perceived to be illogical, half-baked, sentimental, disrespectful, surly, delinquent, unwashed and/or unfocussed.
Competitive individualism is shown by biology to be normal for individuals. A social system with a different structure is unnatural and therefore unworkable.