The film presents a philosophical point of view on the development of modern society. The speaker speaks at a rally of Muscovites on Manezhnaya Square (synchronously). Chronicle footage of various events in the life of Soviet people: meeting the New Year; work on clearing railway tracks, a meeting on the street; demonstration of workers aimed at fighting "enemies of the people", people carry thematic posters and slogans; parade of athletes in Moscow. A still from the feature film "The Light Path". Philosopher A. Arsenyev talks with the director of the film A. Kibkalo on a park bench (synchronously). A rally of supporters of the Communist Party at Manezhnaya Square; the speaker is arguing with a participant in the rally (synchronously); a participant in the rally reads satirical poems about Boris N. Yeltsin (synchronously); people are looking at cartoons of Mikhail Gorbachev. A. Arseniev expresses his view of the development of society (synchronously). Street vendors offer goods outside the Central Department Store in Moscow. Film director A. Kabkalo and philosopher A. Avsenyev are walking along the park alley.