I really agree with comradezero’s point that, “this is a crisis of capitalism, and the reality is that all of this is tied to the fundamental contradictions of capitalism, which, in one way or another, will continue to sharpen until it is overthrown.” I think we have to take this out broadly, and really talk to people about how this is what capitalism is all about. We’re likely to experience much more willingness among broad sections of people to really listen to a Marxist analysis of capitalism right now than at any time in decades. Because Marxism can explain what’s going on in a way nothing else can.
So in that regard, let’s talk about Crisis Theory. There is a very cool video-blog called Kapitalism 101 which is inspired by the work of the Marxist political economist David Harvey. These videos outlining Crisis Theory are from there. It may be necessary to watch some of the other videos on that blog first. The “Political Economy of Capitalism” section of my ML study guide should be helpful as well.
The best short intro, as far as starting points go, is probably V. I. Lenin’s “Karl Marx”.
For more info on the current financial crisis, see “Shock and Awe on Wall Street“, “No Bailouts for Billionaires!” and “DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $700,000,000,000!“. Also helpful is “Some Talking Points on the Financial Crisis“.
Here are two sets of video’s from Kapitalism 101, each with two parts:
Overview of Crisis Theory: