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.
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.
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.
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.
It is time for the 2016 Election Day predictions… Feel free to play along with the 2016 Pick ’em. These selections are based on a model in progress that places a heavy influence on both race and industrial change since the 1990s.
On January 1, I predicted that the 2016 election cycle would be an electoral realignment. I was largely accurate; however I missed one main point: the changes to political discourse would threaten to fundamentally transform American politics in a way that has not been seen since the 1930s. Donald Trump presents the contemporary structure of… Read more »
Academic, Commentary, Political Analysis, Politics, Research
Neopopulism and Brexit
Voters in the United Kingdom have voted for the Brexit, a referendum for Great Britain to leave the European Union. This is a monumental decision, which will have a large impact on the national, continental, and global economies. This vote reflects a new phenomenon: neopopulism. A Quick History of the European Union The European Union formed in… Read more »
To my friends who are disappointed in local and state legislatures behaving poorly: go and be the change. After I wrapped up my last class, several students did the obligatory linger and chat. I had a young man ask me “who should I vote for?” I told him that voting was not as important as getting up, going out,… Read more »