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User Profile: FollowClick to Follow Frances_CoppolaFrances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_CoppolaMalign Twitterata. Proud member of the Left Blob. Wrote 'The Case for People's QE' (Polity 2019). Now writing a book on banking. Sings a bit too. She/her.United Kingdomcoppolacomment.comJoined January 20105,214 Following76.5K Followers

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola Aug 3My takedown of @cz_binance's claim that BIS is allowing banks to hold bitcoin as reserves. Nothing could be further from the truth.Quote TweetCoinDesk@CoinDesk Aug 3Guidance by the Bank for International Settlements was greeted by some as endorsement for banks owning bitcoin. But sadly, the BIS, which is a group for the world's major central banks, has no intention of doing any such thing. Opinion @Frances_Coppola https://trib.al/0G1flaZ71458


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hAnd so - I hope - I would walk away from Omelas.3

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hSo once I had seen the child - once I had been forced against my will to become one of its torturers - I could no longer live in the terrible city that imprisons it. Not because of its suffering, but because of mine.16

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hBut I believe - I BELIEVE - with all my being, that buying our own safety and wellbeing by condemning others to pain and misery is wrong, and that happiness that hides from suffering is grotesque. I cannot blind myself to what I see, nor numb myself to what I feel.216

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hAfter reading Le Guin's story, I asked myself what I would do. You will probably think me callous, but I quickly realised that there was no way I could rescue the child. I might personally believe the myth is nonsense, but I can't fight the wrong beliefs of millions.14

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hAnd so, unable to tolerate the faux happiness that depends on suffering, they leave the city. Where do they go? We do not know. In their own way, they too are scapegoats, sharing the suffering and isolation of the child: Le Guin is at pains to emphasise that they leave alone.24

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hSo "the ones who walk away" make the same choice as Pilate. Just as Pilate wanted to rescue Jesus, they want to rescue the child. But because the majority believes the child must suffer, they cannot rescue the child. They must either accept the horror or leave the game.11

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hWhile the majority believe it is true, the child cannot be rescued, just as the fact that the crowd believed Jesus should die made it impossible for Pilate to rescue him.13

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hRemember that it does not matter whether the myth they have been told - that if the child is rescued, or even treated with momentary kindness, the city will be destroyed - is true. It matters only that the majority believe it is true.13

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hindeed, from Le Guin's description, they make the child "less than human" through ill-treatment to justify continuing to ill-treat it, because why would you destroy the happiness of millions of humans to rescue a subhuman?12

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hIn Le Guin's piece, as in mine, the majority choose to allow the individual to suffer. Her piece is more problematic than mine: in mine, the crowd believes Jesus is guilty. But in hers, they know the child is blameless, and yet choose to allow its suffering.11

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hIndeed, the moral dilemma in Le Guin's piece is about whether to silence our consciences and numb our compassion for this child in the name of the "greater good", and in so doing, make ourselves less than human: and if we cannot do this to ourselves, then what?11

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hI might say, "Our happiness and our pain stem from our relationships with each other. If we feel only happiness, and shut away our pain, our relationships are incomplete: we are only half human".14

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 1hI might say, "But the happiness of millions cannot depend totally upon the silent suffering of a single individual shut away from society. This is a myth. Why do you, intelligent people, believe this myth?"14

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 2hIn Le Guin's story, millions of people believe their happiness and that of everyone they love depends on a child being condemned to live in darkness, pain and squalor. They accept that the child's suffering is necessary, so they do nothing about it.13

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 2hJust as in my example, the facts don't matter. It is what people believe that matters. In my story, the crowd believed Jesus should die. Pilate, the individual with better knowledge, could not persuade them otherwise.24

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 2hIt's essentially the same as the conundrum I wrote about here. https://coppolacomment.com/2016/05/pilates-game.html 17

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 2hUrsula Le Guin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" contains a terrible moral conundrum. Many people have agonised over it: to my knowledge, no-one has solved it. But as I read through to the end, I recognised it.2418

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 2hRead this. All of it.Quote TweetSkyla Dawn@skyladawn 10hTWITTER. Twitter. I have to tell you a story, with a very good lesson at the end. Buckle up.Show this thread24

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Alex Hazanov@AlexHazanov 7hA crucially important point. Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, to cite two examples, are much more enticing targets for an imperialist land grab and yet Ukraine is the main target.Quote TweetMaria Popova@PopovaProf 9hRussia's war is imperialist, but that doesn't mean Russia is after any territory and its economic resources and Ukraine is an interchangeable target. Russia wants to control Ukraine, specifically: for identity reasons most of all, rather than for economic and security ones.Show this thread3720

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Gordon Brown@GordonBrown 12hI estimate that in October, 50% of children 7 million kids - will be in households that have to do without material necessities. If nothing s done before another increase in Jan, the fuel poor could rise to 39m including 4 out of 5 lone parents, pensioners and large families.498412,192

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 3hUnaffordable.Quote TweetFeargal Sharkey@Feargal_Sharkey 10hMy energy company just offered me a fixed price deal of 7,844.96 for 12 months, 7,844.96 for 12 months worth of gas and electricity. No I m not kidding. I m still bloody hyperventilating. @MartinSLewis247


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 3hThis is the article that Maya Forstater would like us not to read, or if we do, not to take seriously.Quote TweetopenDemocracy@openDemocracy Aug 7Lawyer Allison Bailey lost her case against Stonewall. But her supporters are trying to claim the exact opposite https://bit.ly/3d4WEed9

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Opium Tea@opiumteahq 10hNews in brief: Allison Bailey granted restraining order against tide11126

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Adrian M @QuestionerMoney 4hAs a young teen, Black Sabbath were the bad boys. Your parents hated the noise. Fast forward 45 years and Paranoid closes the Commonwealth Games. Never judge what the youngsters are listening to today.3626


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 4hOh wait, it seems Maya didn't even bother to investigate Open Democracy's funding sources herself. The screenshot is from a blogpost by a complete lunatic who believes Open Democracy's entire grant funding is solely devoted to owning the GCs. Maya, she's nuts and you look silly.1124

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 4hOf course, someone totally cynical might suspect that Maya investigated Open Democracy's funding sources in the hopes of discrediting Open Democracy. But surely no-one's that cynical...1326

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 4hThis is INSANE.Quote TweetBeth @pickle_bee 7hSo turns out For Women Scotland got asked some incredibly honest questions by Open Democracy journalists. How did For Women Scotland respond? Well strap in for a thread about a totally normal response from a totally normal campaign group.Show this threadread image descriptionALT1112


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 5hI'm not sure in what way an article exposing systematic misrepresentation of @BluskyeAllisons' court case by gender-critical feminists was a "smear campaign". Unless you mean the revelation that Sex Matters is getting its supporters to spam public sector orgs with FOI requests?122

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 5hOh well played, Google! this is such fun #InternationalCatDay2022Quote TweetKim Driver@KimDriver11 5hReplying to @Frances_CoppolaBut cats are starring on Google today! Search "cat", click on the paw, click on the page, double click on the page, double click on the paw. Other options also available. Tony the Tiger says "it's grrrrreat". (Global GDP just collapsed.)14


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 5hThank you, Maya, for showing us that Open Democracy is a transparent organisation that reveals its funding sources. Now how about you reveal the funding sources of Sex Matters, the organisation you run?418118

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Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 5hThey already look totally cynical and world weary.Quote TweetCotswoldWildlifePark@CotsWildTweets 6hWe're delighted to announce that our majestic #pallascat pair, Tull & Penelope, have produced their first litter at the Park. As it's #InternationalCatDay, we couldn't think of a better time to share this exciting news with you. Thanks to keeper Willemijn for these amazing .311

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Tony Yates@t0nyyates 5hBut... oh!... those... Suh - hummer ni-ghts! RIP.118

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Rockmojo11 @rockmojo11 5hReplying to @Frances_Coppolayoutube.comOlivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted to You (HD)Featured on 1978 movie GREASE.The most successful musical movie of all time. An Award winning musical about the friendships, romances and adventures of a gro...14


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 5hRIP Olivia Newton-John.bbc.co.ukActress and singer Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73Olivia Newton-John, star of Grease and multi-platinum selling singer, dies aged 73, her official Facebook page announces1110


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 5hOh no. How incredibly sad.Quote Tweetphilip lewis@Phil_Lewis_ 6hOlivia Newton-John has died at 73 after a decades-long battle with breast cancer, according to a post from her Facebook page.Show this thread111


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 6hLBG Alliance is absolutely campaigning to have trans organisations shut down for not prioritising gay people.Quote TweetLily Maynard@LilyLilyMaynard Aug 7No LGB: Imagine if LGB Alliance was campaigning to have trans organisations shut down for not prioritising gay people. We have a situation now where straight 'trans' people are casting gay people in the role of oppressor & everybody's clapping. Just homophobia with new branding.12

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Concerned Citizen@shinyandnew70 Jul 29Hi, all. Yet another beautiful day to remind you that Allison Bailey got 22k in damages from her employer, GCC, for breach of guidelines but utterly failed in her court action against Stonewall, burning through 500k of legal costs as she crashed and burned.618115


Frances 'Cassandra' Coppola@Frances_Coppola 6hNow that Allison Bailey has publicly alleged that @Wickes' support of LGBTQ+ rights is "unlawful discrimination" against LGB people, presumably including herself, I wonder if she will sue them. Or perhaps they will sue her?124

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