A Less Popular Perspective on the Price of Freedom

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty—power is ever stealing from the many to the few…. The hand entrusted with power becomes … the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.

via 1073. Wendell Phillips (1811-84). Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.