Reading Silent Spring from the Global South

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Rachel Carson and the Perils of Simplicity: Reading Silent Spring from the global South. Ariel. Special Issue on Postcolonial Ecologies, 44:4 (2014).

Who made the decision that sets in motion these chains of poisonings . . . ? Who has decided—who has the right to decide—for the countless legions of people who were not consulted . . . ?

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962).

Who the hell is the prime minister to decide whose finger will be on the nuclear button? Who the hell is he to reassure us that there will be no accidents? How does he know? Why should we trust him? What has he ever done to make us trust him? What have any of them ever done to make us trust them?

Arundhati Roy, The End of Imagination (1998).