The last word , line , suggests there is a war. But also in a battle of interests you can speak of a last line of defense. Sometimes there are more. But there is always a last one.
The other lines are more or less settled. Not the least by the way. Unions do not have that many members anymore. The urge for working people to unite is almost gone. The power they could build can through globalization easily flow away.
Work , real work , could become scarse easily. AI can replace you work any moment. What will be left in the near future. What is the battle really about. Who are the parties in the battle? Where is the frontline?
The frontline is flowing along and between all kinds of interests and forcefields. It is hard to describe it clearly. Economic interests. There are less people in real poverty but but still poor and the rich are getting richer. There is something there. Economic growth is always at the expense of ecology. Again there is something. A liveable climate for everyone and not only the rich. Again a pressurepoint.
Which party can bring a vision and apply a regulating structure. The ngo’s. They can make something clear. Trying to defend a certain interest. Mostly a part of an interest. Which means , of force , do they have. They are at least not democratically elected. Furthermore they have a business model. Another point of attention.
The multinationals , companies and banks are located at the other side of the front. At least the rich who are earning via them lots of money. Their interests need to be secured.. How they do that? There have been made many comments on that. True and not true. Lobbying , specially in the politics , is one that is true. War creation , deliberately even , is also one. It is a strategy of divide and conquer that they are playing.
So we are now back at politics. What is their role. Where is their obligation. Do they take responsibility. If so. For whom , for what and why.
Let me give a smal sketch of politics. The politics as it is organized in Holland currently. A second chamber with members. All fulltimers. A first chamber with senators. All parttimers with jobs/functions on the side. There is also a councel of state with people , mostly old politicians , appointed by the king who have an advisory role. Further we have in the provinces the provinciale staten. Only the administration , the gedeputeerden , are there fulltimers. The rest are parttimers. Than we have townships with a councel (/gemeenteraad). Here the alderman (/wethouders) are fulltimers but the councillars (/raadsleden) are parttimers again.
Than now a beginning of a perspective. Why are there on these important positions that many parttimers. Furthermore they are elected and donot need a special education. Let me put in a different way. The academic and real specialists are hard to find here. They are more working in the business life or university. Politicians are representatives of and for the people. But are in the straight-jacket of their political party. The parties who see themselves as the nobility of The Hague. Not really connected with the people. The people may vote but not much more than that.
I would like to add the fact that multinationals are not operating on a national scale but on an international and global scale. If you want to deal with this situation in a good way you should organise yourselve also on the same scale. An independent , democratic and transparant Europe or even worldwide alliance/organization. As it is now it is almost a lost cause.
Maybe politics will find time to think on their role and responsibility.
Getting awake and reinventing themselves. If not there will come a point of discontent and the yellow vests will colour all the streets. The Bastille has once be raided. There are more towers in the world.