@Iluviaporos - I think a little bit of both might be the right answer to the great individualism vs collectivism debate.
Because, really, society just doesn't seem to work when you don't put someone in charge in some way. People will almost always take advantage of a society which is structured so that no one takes precedence over anyone else.
And huge abuse of power can happen in a society in which everything is completely structured.
Likewise, a society in which everyone is out for themselves, with no importance placed on the group as a whole, would be an absolute mess.
I like the idea of people engaging in more horizontal collectivism than they do now, but I wouldn't advocate adopting it as a universal practice.