To recall and connect the lyrical expressions of timeless songs like "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye and "Stop Children What's That Sound" by Jefferson Airplane with current affairs are "cause for pause". What is far more crucial is the understanding of these complex events as constructed by sociologists, social psychologists, historians and others who are observers, recorders, practitioners and interpreters for the human family. I'd say-- they are staying quite busy these days!
By the way, this is just a brief simplistic snapshot of these events with links to more in-depth information sites as follows:
The Insidious Role of the Koch Brothers
A Movement Too Big To Fail