Silent Spring2

Written by Rachel Carson

Who has decided--who has the right to decide--for the countless legions of people who were not consulted that the supreme world is a world without insects, even though it might be a sterile world ungraced by the curving wing of a bird in flight?  The decision is that of the authoritarian temporarily entrusted with power; he has made it during a moment of inattention by millions to whom beauty and the ordered world of nature will have a meaning that is deep and imperative.

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, p.127.

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