Together, Pete Morton and Billy Bragg represented Punk's answer to the folk tradition. After the much ballyhooed fall of communism, a lot of hard-line lefties dropped the socialist torch like a hot potato. Not Pete Morton. If anything, his songs have become more committed to social reform -- to awakening class consciousness, to spreading environmental awareness, to doing everything possible to rescue human dignity from the wages of commodification, boredom and greed. Perhaps it's a loser's game he plays, but Morton's songs remain hopeful, affirmative, and suffused with compassion.