A part of the problem might be that much of the protest music of the sixties was galvanized around the anti-war movement. That movement was driven by the sheer power of emotion. Many of the songs had that raw power as their foundation. Protest songs are now written, to a large degree, by people who sing from an ideological point of view. There is an intellectual purity and predictability that doesn't always make for powerful songwriting. People will always be drawn to a good song. I like Billy Braggs stuff. It feels real to me. I'm sure we could all point to some great protest material, but, I agree with Kendall: there certainly is not any kid of dynamic movement happening in repsonse to the political climate.