Governments today are helpless to effect change. All that a Government can do is regulate or remove regulations. The corporate structure has largely bypassed government supervision, by implementing rules among themselves that do not require government supervision and regulation and by corrupting government officials with campaign funds, bribes, and places on cooperate boards at the officials retirement from "public service".
Governments are trying to make themselves relevant by regulating global warming. Oh I forgot now it is called climate change. Governments are also trying to make themselves relevant by harping on the H1N1 "epidemic." Where we need Governments to be relevant is to resolve national and regional conflicts. Corporations have superseded governments in resolving these conflicts. An example of Market succeeding government could be the European Union which grew out of the Common Market. The EU is notable for it's members financial and trade agreements, the political attempts of the EU floundered for example the EU constitution. Another example of the waning of government political power is the increased power of the central financial institutions. The military industrial complex, the major profiteer of war, is becoming a smaller portion of the overall industrial corporate complex. War is becoming less profitable for business.
Originally humans grouped into farming societies where livestock was the form of wealth and security. Along came the Industrial Revolution and capitol became the measure of wealth. Owning a horse became a handicap, because it required time and nourishment. A car could be relatively neglected until needed, a car go go further in an hour than a horse could go in a day. We are transitioning into a information society where information value is increasing the need of industrial capacity is decreasing. This information is making products last longer with less maintenance. Twenty years ago a car would be successful if it lasted 100,000 miles, or ten years. Today a car can be expected to last twenty years and 200,000 miles with far less maintenance. This increased lifespan is the result of information, information used to build an engine with closer tolerances and more durable materials. This "information" is making industrial production less relevant. If a product lasts twice as long you only need one not two products produced.
Information can let a farmer, construction supervisor etc.. better plan their activities. Weather forecasts have moved from two days advance thirty years ago to five days with the same accuracy, Activities can be modified days in advance for the type of weather expected. Information in materials is making products last longer, structures, clothes,appliances to name a few. Today the Industrial man is in the same quandary understanding the value of information and informations worth to capital that the preindustrial farmer had in understanding the value of livestock in comparison to paper money. Financial institutions once considered vital are being replaced by data centers where information is kept and exchanged and modified.