King Shahdov is introduced to Rupert, a young boy who is an editor of the school magazine. Rupert goes off on a rant about political power and freedom. He claims that politics antagonize the people and that passports and monopolies place restrictions on individuals. He advocates for democratic values.
At dinner one night, Stan notices that his son, Steve, used communist terminology. He talks to Sergei, who is originally from the Soviet Union and is helping Steve build a model rocket, about Steve's use of communist words and learns of Sergei's plan to "steal" his son. Stan visits Steve in his room and learns that he has become a communist.
The group members realize they sometimes have difficulty communicating in an orderly manner when making decisions. They insist on implementing a democracy in which everything will be fair. Emotion will be suppressed and reason will prevail.