The recent actions of the government of Burma are worth noting. It has delayed or refused aid following a hurricane that killed tens of thousands of its subjects. It puts public relations concerns ahead of the lives of its subjects. It doesn't want its subjects to see aid coming from outsiders.
This is blatant example of death by government, but far from the only one, unfortunately. This is exactly what happens when people have no responsibility for their actions.
See the Understanding Government series for more.