One is comprised entirely of the other, Aria. Governments aren’t special. They’re just a bunch of people, screwing things up as much as any other group of people would.
And no, the selection process for government does not at all change the relative stupidity level. In many cases, is exacerbates it, because people who are focused on specialized knowledge sets like administration often forget otherwise ‘obvious’ things like ‘make sure you installed the fire alarm’.
And just to be clear: the idea that in an anarchic, competitive environment, one particular product will quickly become ubiquitous without exposure of its faults is… well, naive. If nothing else, the competitors will be looking to expose and highlight any problems, errors, or faults in the system in order to promote their own, rival offering, rather than build on someone else’s without heavy, critical review over a period of years, at least. You need to understand what you’re working with before you can iterate on it, after all.
No, the structure indicated is that even if there were, say, four competing design labs (or maybe more, and some were less legitimate!), the only way the uniformity of adoption is assured (dozens of systems. Hundreds of planets. NOBODY didn’t have this done? I’ve spoken to people who still don’t trust jump drives and stargates!) would have been via a controlling authority. Presumably, a controlling authority that was a smaller, selected subset of the larger scientific community.
And still too stupid to remember basic principles like: Back up everything.
It really doesn’t bode well for regular people having the forethought to really be responsible with cloning technology.