First published in 1908, this book takes the form of a discussion between Henry Martin- a professor, Charles Stuart- a banker, and Sir John Harington- a gentleman of leisure, on politics and civilisation. The speakers discuss many topics ranging from forms of society (such as oligarchy or democracy), to the institution of marriage, to the necessity of government.
1. Introduction 2. Forms of Society 3. The Institution of Marriage 4. The Institution of Property 5. Government 6. The "Spirit" of the Communities that Have Been Considered 7. A Comparison of the Communities that Have Benn Considered 8. The Importance of Political Ideals as Guides to Practice 9. The Relation of Ideals to Facts