Welcome. The essay project that led to the creation of this site was an independent endeavor that I conceived in 2015. It was not sponsored by any organization or public figure. 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. Several friends and family members helped me refine and express my thoughts. I am deeply grateful for their aid. Any errors that remain, of course, are mine alone.

Although I am no longer regularly adding content to this site, the process of debating, studying, re-evaluating, and acting on the ideas articulated here is always ongoing. If you have constructive feedback, or if reading my work 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

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.