is an engineer and a writer on subjects related to "potential economic, ecological and political decline and Collapse in the United States," something he has called “Permanent Crisis”. Orlov believes collapse will be the result of huge military budgets, government deficits, an unresponsive Political System and declining Cheap Oil production. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Orlov
Witnessed lots of Soviet Union collapse.
Aug'2006 manifesto "The New Age of Sail" (he and his wife live on a Sail Boat (specifically, a sharpie) and own no car - in Boston Ma)
book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, published in 2008 ISBN:0865716064 (Thin Book: 176 pages) - Survivalism bit?
Jan'2009 article on Orlov, James Howard Kunstler, Nassim Taleb, and others.
When faced with a collapsing economy, one should stop thinking of wealth in terms of Money. (i.e. even Gold won't save you)
Sept'2010 "Poverty Of Imagination" slides.