In view of our negligence of our great heritage, democracy, which cannot be guarded by military means but only by ""the intelligent perception"" of the people, this is a definition and clarification of democracy. By way of definition, MacIver shows democracy as a particular kind of political system, not a creed-although one is involved. And by way of clarification, he shows the confusion of democracy and equality, of liberty with ""an individualistic free for all"", of what is meant by the rule of the people, and the many misconceptions we hold as we refer to political democracy- economic democracy or social democracy. He also points up imperiling influence, discrimination, group anarchy, enemy from within, Soviet propaganda from without. The answer to these dangers lies in the faith democracy provides, a faith which must be positive, vital, dynamic... A clear interpretation of the origins and intentions of a governmental concept which has been diffused and overextended.