Professor Maurice Phipps discusses democracy and the enlightenment in an introduction to his course. He expresses the basic premise of democratic theory: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He states that, despite having these rights, very few people exercise them, and he indicates that no student will receive special treatment.
A man thinks about the rising of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and how it is affecting the country. The regime begins its cleansing campaign, during which it influences the thoughts of its citizens. A mentality of mistrust, conformity, and dedication solely to the party is heavily prevalent.