Whatever its outward ostensible form, government is always owned, & is always farming society for its own benefit.
The fiction that it is ever otherwise is like the fiction of objective, unbiased journalism. There is no such thing.
There is always a nomenklatura, and there is always a deep state; and the interpersonal relations of the people therein are always more or less feudal and familiar.
The only questions are, first, whether or not everyone is open and honest about who and what they are, and second, whether or not they are and do evil. If they are honest and good, they participate a hierarchy; if not, a babelarchy.
If the true nature of the government is obscured, then it is more likely to be and to do evil; if the people who own the government are evil, then is its true nature more likely to be obscured.
As a general rule, the more loudly the state and its officers protest that they are engaged in the disinterested service of the public welfare, the more likely it is that they are lying and cheating.