An essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject. An alternate definitions of the word is an attempt or effort. If I merger those two definitions I come up with an attempt or effort at writing a short piece on a particular subject. I guess that is as good a description of what I am going to take a shot at accomplishing here as any.........so let's have at it!
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
Alexis de Tocqueville