Thoughts on Liberty:

Part 2: Responsibility

By Scott Anderson on Oct 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM


Liberty is a subject near and dear to our hearts here at Liberty Electronics.  Last time, we talked a little about the start of American liberty, but what exactly is liberty? Perhaps equally important - what is it not?  Join us again today as we continue to explore our “great experiment for promoting human happiness."

Noah Webster, the prodigious 19th-century American scholar, wrote that liberty “consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature.” In the early 1600s, John Winthrop, one of America’s earliest leaders, held this same concept of liberty. He said, “Liberty is the proper end and object of authority and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good, just, and honest.”  

The Frenchman Marquis De Lafayette put it maybe more eloquently. He said, “Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights.”  

Lafayette’s boss, General George Washington, warned, “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” Noah Webster explained licentiousness as an “excess of liberty; exorbitant freedom; freedom-abused or used in contempt of law or decorum.” George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, summed up this idea of liberty when he declared, “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”  

In her autobiography The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder provides a great illustration of liberty as personal freedom bounded by responsibility. Stranded during a brutal winter on the late 19th-century American frontier, Laura’s family and the people of her settlement were starving. Her future husband, Almanzo Wilder, and a friend risked their lives to search the prairie for a stash of wheat. They barely made it back to town with the life-saving provisions before another monster blizzard engulfed the landscape. When asked why he would volunteer for such a perilous undertaking his response was simple. He said, “the people of this community were in dire need. He continued, “this is a free country and I am free and independent.”

At Liberty Electronics, we get the idea of responsibility.  We take our responsibility to meet and exceed our customers’ requirements very seriously.  The central concept that informs our day-to-day operations is that people’s lives depend on the quality of our work.  This brings a high degree of focus and responsibility throughout our company to our workmanship.  If you are looking for a world-class, US-based supplier with a culture that emphasizes responsibility, we invite you to check us out.  

Let freedom ring!

Author: Scott Anderson

Mr. Anderson joined Liberty Electronics as Manager of Engineering in July of 1999. In 2010 he was appointed Director of Business Development. He previously worked as a project engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and at Joy Mining Machinery. At Joy, Scott went on to manage international projects including quality improvement initiatives, computer system implementations, and new product development programs.
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