For us, responsibility is the complementary value to freedom. Freedom needs responsibility. As a result of our freedom, we bear responsibility for ourselves, for our family and friends, for our environment, for society, for economic and social success.
Wherever people have freedom and opportunities to carry out certain actions, they also have a responsibility to include their consequences in their actions. There should therefore be fewer incentives in our society to delegate responsibility – for example to the state. There must be more and right incentives to take responsibility in politics, at work and in private life.
Responsibility means that we can decide more, that we actively shape our life and our community. Responsibility is also the answer to a welfare state of yesterday, whose targets are all “disabled”, “needy”, “sick”, “passive” and “deficient”. Responsibility is the key to a positive dynamic in business and society. We need more people in all professions and networks to assume their responsibilities towards their country and become involved.
The state must open up more areas of responsibility for individuals and society. Real responsibility has concrete consequences for citizens: e.g. more social cohesion through civic engagement, better health through more prevention, better education through individual investment in education, more freedom of choice in retirement through individual retirement age.