When others ask about my political views, I usually respond by referring to myself as libertarian. Although I only really share Libertarian platform's position on the issue of government debt, I've found such a self-description is the best defense against being instantly intellectually pigeon-holed by committed ideologues. "Free thought," I say in justification after we've been talking for awhile. I wonder how readers describe themselves politically and why.
But an absolute freedom from taking offense at words or thoughts is an improved reason for the tailing description. I suppose most empircally-minded people feel similarly, but I hadn't actually thought about it in such a way.
I never take umbrage at the things people say (short of personal threats I suppose), and try always to foster an image of someone willing to listen to unique perspectives or less conventional pet theories on things. On the flipside, I audaciously expect others to take little offense at what I say (a strategem that didn't go over too well this Christmas season). Politically, this earns me a great amount of ire from leftists of a fascistic-academic variety, but aslo with WSJ type neocons, some religious folks, and ambivalent 'centrists', among others.
Multiculturalism makes it all the more difficult to function in such a way (think the Muslim cartoon episode or Michael Richard's gaffe), and not surprisingly diversity is more enfeebling than empowering.