The author is the editor of the official organ of Nova Scotia's Maritime Cooperatives, one of the most successful experiments in the Western Hemisphere's Cooperative record. This is a plea for stemming the trend from the land, a charge to civilization to restore the basic philosophy of the agrarian movement, to reestablish a proper scale of values, in the cultures of rural living. He urges this as one of the essential factors in a defense program. The second half of his book deals with cooperatives and credit unions, and their contribution to his cause. The examples he uses are largely from his own experience, the application is not limited and contains much of value to students of the subject.