Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, and a Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute on America's Democratic Collapse. But it is an ill wind that blows no one any good. As you consider your own financial plan and the investment policy of any foundation or endowment money you may manage, it might be worthwhile to do a little scenario planning. Will your portfolio hold up if democracy collapses, unrest grows, martial law is declared, and the loudspeakers in the public square play polkas all night long? You might ask what stocks or businesses will do well in the aftermath. Halliburton, Dyncorp, Wackenhutt Prisons, Blackwater? Or, if you are not comfortable in considering these law and order stocks as "mission aligned investments," maybe it is time you invested in democracy. Chris's article would be a good background reading as you develop and fund your theory of social change.