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.
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 »
Today, I taught my last class. After a decade of teaching, I am hanging up my teaching boots. I am leaving for three reasons. First, I am in a comfort zone, and I find it is extremely uncomfortable. Second, I am increasingly disturbed by the direction of the industry. Third, I am extremely excited about new opportunities.