Welcome. The essays posted on this site are a the result of an independent project that I conceived in 2015. Many of the ideas contained within them are far older – they date to the Enlightenment, or even to antiquity. I have merely tried to apply them to the present.

I wrote these essays solely in my capacity as a private citizen, without the sponsorship or endorsement of any organization or public figure (otherwise, this website would probably look much sleeker), and they are not meant to endorse any particular individual or organization.

Rather, it was an attempt in the spirit articulated in 1852 by Frederick Douglass, who said: “I hold that every American citizen has a right to form an opinion of the Constitution, and to propagate that opinion, and to use all honorable means to make his opinion the prevailing one.”

But it was not a singlehanded effort, either. Several friends and family members helped me refine and express my thoughts before I posted the final drafts here.* I am deeply grateful for their aid.

Although the essays are now finished, the process of debating, studying, re-evaluating, and acting on the proposals inside them is definitely not. If you have constructive feedback, or if reading these essays got you thinking, please contact me at author@newmodelfederalist.net. I want to hear it, and I will do my best to respond.


John P. Caves III

*Of course, any errors that remain are mine alone.

About the Author

John P. Caves III is a foreign policy professional, freelance writer, community volunteer, and former Army officer. While on active duty in the U.S. Army from 2013 to 2017, he traveled across the country and lived in Alaska and Oklahoma before returning to civilian life in his home state of Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a master’s in Global Communication from the George Washington University.


The opinions, analyses, positions or other information stated by the author are the author’s alone and cannot be attributed, credited, implied to, or otherwise associated with, any entity with the exception of appropriate source attribution.

In plainer language: These essays and blog posts do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone other than myself, except to the extent to which my thinking has been influenced by the sources I have cited within them and by the friends, mentors, and family members whom I have mentioned in my acknowledgments.