This essay collection,written by Francis Bacon, is meant to open our minds to what democracy and freedom really are and how we look at them. He discusses very gracefully the ideas of voting and what it really means to a democracy. How we choose who gets to vote actually chooses how the system actually works and who gets the rights and freedom. If we free some one in our society and do not allow them to vote are we truely letting them be free because they still have no choice in how the system works. If we refrain from letting some one be free and yet they still get to vote aren't they choosing for free person what they can and can not do; wouldn't that make the free man a slave to the voters? These are the kinds of questions raised in this group of essays. This would be a great project for a humanities student. To take apart each section of these essays and and try to answer the questions raised. They bring to mind real thinking and how democracy really works;it is really democracy if we choose who gets to vote? Who should get to choose who votes and doesn't vote? Who should get to choose who is free and isn't free? How much of the population is a fair sampling of the majority and who should decide? Should the rich people decide for the poor so that they can improve their lives? Who are the rich? Are they the ones with the money or the ones with the right to vote or is it the majority? This was an incredible reading. Eventhough it is was written in somewhat old english is was still easy to read and undeerstand. I believe that a whole essay could be written just on these essays alone.