The government, however, is the agent of society at large.
No, it isn't. The goverment -- not entirely, but surely largely -- is the agent of the banksters; of the financial class. You've only got to look at who gets the money and how:
1. Manufacturing sector, unions: Nada.
2. States and localities: Bailout billions, with fingerwagging on not wasting a dime of it.
3. Banksters: Bailout trillions, with no accountability and no transparency at all.
See how it works?