About 50 years ago, the book Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson was published, and triggered an environmental debate that has been going on since then. Lot’s of articles are written about this these days, and, Cato Institute, among others, has published an essay collection.
Carson passed away in 1964, and I do not for a moment doubt her good intentions, but the sad fact is that few books probably have caused as much damage.
On the positive side, we can notice that basically all of her alarms turned out to be false. The world in general, has just gotten better, cleaner and more developed.
At the same time, the impact the book had triggered – together with other doomsayers of the time – a green movement that has consistently fought all of the above.
And most importantly, and sad, is that it triggered the debate on DDT, eventually leading to a ban. This is probably the most disastrous mistake by the greens and politicians globally, not counting the Soviet experiment, have committed. We will never know for certain, but it’s most likely that, without the ban, Malaria would long ago have been exterminated, instead of taking millions and millions of lives.
But the birds still sing in the not so silent spring.