I am an individualist. I find conservatism and liberalism, neither of which is consistent with itself, to be opposite ends of the same stick. That stick is collectivism. I consider racism, sexism, socialism, and fascism to be among the most abhorrent forms of the same. And whereas I have a great appreciation for the principles the United States government was founded upon I find patriotism to be unamerican. That is not to say that I don't truly appreciate the tremendously good fortune I had to be born in the U.S., but that patriots get so caught up in the symbols that they forget what they symbolize. Every country has a flag and a plethora of flag wavers. As I truly appreciate our republican form of government I have no need of a flag or pledge of allegiance.
As I find the above mentioned ideas to be extremely important I spend quite a bit of time railing on collectivism. Furthermore, I consider faith, belief beyond evidence, not to be the humble virtue which it is commonly accepted to be but a terrible vice. And so far I have heard no better argument for atheism than I have for theism. Each requires faith.
Whereas this site was designed primarily for women let me recommend "The Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand. This commonly maligned and little understood woman was an intellectual giant though apparently a psychological midget. I strongly disagree with some of her conclusions (those I find to be inconsistent with her stated philosophy), but she was a real person, and she needed no affirmative action.