Prof Alston concluded: "The bottom line is that much of the glue that has held British society together since the Second World War has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos." Those government policies had led to the "systematic immiseration
" of a significant part of the UK population, meaning they had continually put people further into poverty.
Mr Alston said the government's policies had led to the "systematic immiseration
(sic) of millions" across Great Britain.
The concept of the immiseration
of the proletariat, once central to leftist thinking, held that the inexorable logic of capitalist competition will force wages down and down until workers are barely able to stay alive.
There must be a spiritual link between Nigeria's electoral waterloo and her consistent immiseration
, reflected in unelected persons who are supplanted as holders of offices.
As such, the intellectual disputes and debates he engaged in were never merely academic but wholly relevant for the betterment (or immiseration
) of the human condition.
Though the "shared path" of a hurricane following the route of the Middle Passage is not the same path followed by African immigrants fleeing to Europe in an attempt to escape political violence and economic immiseration
, the works of Booker and Makoha bring these geographies into urgent dialogue, and inquire into their common origins.
It matters little which groups build the market or which social allocation systems they employ--state, kinship, associations such as guilds, or communes--the end result is always mass inequality, immiseration
, the widespread sorting of workers into castes, and rigid managerial hierarchies.
Apparent progress brought wealth for the few and immiseration
for the many.
"Sicario: Day of the Soldado," with its gut-punching focus on the immiseration
of refugees trying to cross into the US from Mexico, often unaccompanied children, is one such film.
Hearing these stories, one after the other, imbricated into the very centre of the vaunted 'student experience', confirmed the existence of a new kind of social immiseration
, exacting a heavy toll on mental and physical lives.
Four, this will either set them conceptually and perhaps concretely--against the historical working class still preserved within contemporary social democratic visions (visions which, despite occasional and often indifferent lip service to racialized exclusion, retain a world-picture of social reorganization derived entirely from the presumption of continued expansivity of absorptive capital), or we will develop an expanded sense of the proletariat as a new unity of lumpen and labor--allowed precisely by the weakening of intra-class competition which follows, dripping immiseration
, from the end of absorption.