Article used Our Unconventional Founding" by Bruce Ackerman Bruce Ackerman is considered an authoritative author. Alternative and clashing views can be found at. Was the Constitution Illegally Adopted? - Grove City College and The Consent of the Governed: Constitutional. Amendment Outside Article V. Akhil Reed Amar. Yale Law School. Philadelphia Revisited: Amending the Constitution Outside Article V Akhil Reed Amar. The short of it is that in the article, Professor Ackerman views the Constitution as revolutionary not evolutionary. It is a successful secession unlike the unsuccessful secession of 1860-61 and while this work does not address the latter secession, we can see the seeds of secession success vs the seeds of secession failure in this article. P476 First difference between the secessions to be discussed is: The 1860-61 secessionists attacked the entire constitutional tradition and lost. P478 And the Game is afoot.