Letter from the Editor Emeritus
Welcome to Georgia Political Review, the first publication of its kind in the history of the University of Georgia. We seek to serve as forum for Georgia students to engage in discussion and debate of contemporary affairs at the local, state, national, and international levels. Views from across the political spectrum are all welcome so long as they are submitted respectfully and articulately.
Our vision for the GPR is rooted in a fascination with the forces that drive history:
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell shows that of the 75 richest people in world history, fourteen of them were born in the United States in the 1830’s. In a list that includes Cleopatra and King Louis of France, 20% of the names stem from a single decade in a single nation. You see, these fourteen people were born at the perfect time: they would come of age in an era of western expansion, industrialization, and laissez-faire business practices, and names like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan would resonate far beyond the late 19th century.
This thought ought to compel us to ask what age we ourselves are being born into, to wonder what wave of history we can catch to become the richest, most influential, most successful? Our answer is that we were born into a digital era, a time in which a technology that overthrows Middle Eastern dictators was born in a college dorm room. And as a result, it is also a globalized era, one in which a street vendor in Tunisia can start fires burning across the world. As we strive to embody the change we seek in the world, we must strive to adapt to the world we inherit. The Georgia Political Review’s online presence, through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, reflects the undeniable notion that 21st century connectivity empowers students to engage with and influence global events in mesmerizing ways.
Just as those great businessmen of old rode historical forces to success, we choose to ride the twin waves of technological innovation and globalization to a place where we can influence events for the better. As we find our voices and our power in this, our megaphone to the world, we hope you too will join us in our endeavor of writing ourselves into a better America and a better world.
With Best Regards,
Georgia Political Review