Oh! I just came across a pretty good article that tries to explain the economic crisis - by comparing it to a casino! I kept hearing about this whole "casino economy," and now I finally get it.
Here ya go:
"This Sucker Could Go Down," by Peter Constantini.
And here's an older, but interesting article by Ali Khan from Counterpunch (a leftist magazine, by the way) that critiques the economic crisis from the perspective of Islamic financing: "Meltdown in American Markets."
God, things look like they keep getting worse and worse. I wonder how bad this "Crash of 2008" is going to be by the time it's over.