Your point about consumers is a matter of perspective. That’s kind of like saying that the high cost of health care is a direct result of consumer demand. If consumer demand were actually met, health care would not be so expensive.
I’m not really expressing a desire for a free lunch. I’ve been there before with the discussion about fiat money. The entire basis of your argument assumes that people are a commodity and that they act like one. The problem with your argument is that commodities don’t think. People do. People are not so predictable as you suggest.
So how do you know that people want non-government resources more than government resources?