Good Evening, God
I remember Rachel Carson as the woman who wrote Silent Spring, a book telling about the damages to the environment from DDT.
What I didn’t know until now was how overwhelming the opposition to her work was. At that time, DDT was widely promoted by the medical profession as a prophylactic against body lice and malaria. When her book came out, Monsanto, the American Medical Association, and other chemical manufacturers attacked her — disparaged her as a “hysterical woman.” Time, Life, Newsweek, and even Sports Illustrated ran vicious attacks on her book.
It wasn’t until President John F. Kennedy appointed a panel of independent scientists — who validated every assertion in her book — that the tide turned.
That was in the early 1960s. There have been may other examples of people publishing research that goes against the Party Line being fired and far worse. Things have gotten worst. Why wouldn’t they? After all, the world’s wealth is more and more concentrated. Fewer and fewer companies own more and more. Six companies own 90% of the news outlets.
So, the latest example is a book called a Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science, by Dr. Judy Milovits. Alas, it isn’t as simple as DDT is killing the birds. It is more like “business as usual” in the Pharmaceutical Industry is killing us.
Sigh. This isn’t just about science. It is about TRUST in our civilization. And it makes me want to cry just writing about. In fact, I didn’t want to write about it. This is such bad news . . . I can understand wanting to explain it away. . . to disbelieve it.
But, we can’t fix what we are not willing to acknowledge.