Laws are a machine, and not a very smart one. Principles are living parts of your mind, and can adapt to new conditions. Accessing laws requires Expensive specialists, Principles are available to the understanding of all. Here we shall challenge the most basic idea of government, the Rule of Law. The goal is to replace the heavy handed mechanistic methods of the 17th century legal system with a simpler, practical, reflexive system of legal principles. These can be applied without obtuse, specialized expertise. The principle of Voluntary Association will be our test example. Open source government will be the affirmative proposition.