Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson in 1962, about the use of pesticides to kill insects in agriculture and houshold pests like the common bedbug. The book was an attack on capitalism and the chemical industry during the Cold War. It has been credited with helping to start the environmentalism movement in the United States.
A daunting theme runs throughout Silent Spring — that man’s ingenuity would be his own worst enemy. And therein lies the essence of Rachel’s folly. Carson and her intellectual heirs in the environmental movement embrace a mistaken vision of technology. It is an impaired vision that considers only the risks of industrial chemical compounds, and not the risks created by their absence.
- "In the 1950s, after they saved the world from Hitler and before they perfected the three-martini lunch, the Greatest Generation wiped out bedbugs - or so they thought. They hit the tick-size parasites with DDT by the barrel, then mopped up with malathion." How to Fight a Scourge: Scenes from the Bedbug Summit, By David Von Drehle, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Time magazine.
- Nature and Society, from Karl Marx to Rachel Carson, by Louis ProyectIt, September 18, 2020.