Welcome

Welcome to the official website for Samuel Bassett. Feel free to peruse the links to the right, or advance directly to my blog below. This outlet serves as a commentary on various topics. Headhunters may wish to advance directly to my Vitae.

Research

Formally trained as a political scientist, I am a young scholar with an eclectic background featuring politics, history, economics, geography, and sociology.  My current research focuses on urban revitalization in the global era.  As a teacher, I maintain a diverse set of lesson plans.

Politics

My political philosophy is built out of pragmatism.  I keep neither permanent allies no permanent enemies, and I fight passionately for consensus. I have worked on political campaigns since 1996.  I work for whom I believe is best for the position, instead of working blindly on behalf of ideology.

Creative

Via blogging (on this site and others), attempts at comedy, photography, cooking or live performance, I keep multiple irons in the creative fire.

  • Politics

    American Carnage

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    Six months into Trump’s run as President, it is clear that the United States is facing an extremely difficult, exceedingly complex set of problems without capably leadership.  Trump described this “American Carnage” in his inauguration speech.  After the jump, there are some quick solutions to many of these challenges that continue to worsen.

  • Commentary, Political Analysis, Politics

    Running Government Like a Successful Business

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    If the United States were run like a successful business, then the political, policy, and public sector strategies would be strikingly different.  Politicians seeking to dismantle the government perpetuate a myth based on an oversimplified version of economics — which is leading to widespread economic pain.  Instead of racing to the bottom by slashing taxes… Read more »

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    The Obama Legacy

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    As we prepare for the nation’s greatest tradition (the peaceful transition of power), it is time to take stock of where we are, where we have been, and where are we going.  A quick glance backward towards the Obama years reveals a mixed record.  TL;DR: so much potential wasted.

  • Political Analysis, Politics

    2016 Election Prediction Results

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    In January, I made a series of predictions about the 2016 election.  Some where practically spot on, while others were a little bit off.  Here is a quick report card. Seat by Seat: A Unlike nearly every major media source (including both the “mainstream” and “alt-right” media), my 2016 Presidential election map is mighty close to… Read more »

  • Academic, Political Analysis, Politics

    What they are thinking

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    On the eve of primary season, I posted an article title “What are they thinking?” about partisans supporting the dozens of candidates.  I have continued those conversations, and the answers are surprisingly similar to what they were ten months ago. This analysis stems an unscientific case selection, but observations from ongoing, in-depth informal conversations.