This situation looks like it has a couple of lessons for us. First of all, stupid games have stupid prizes, and drinking until the bars close at 2:30 in the morning is a stupid game. Second, this situation points out the necessity of having more than one response available--something like pepper spray or a taser. Again, to repeat my first point, the best way to have handled this situation would have been to go home before the bars closed.
Governments are about the acquisition, extention, and exercise of power by an elite, who will then use that power to rule a peasantry for fun and profit.
Sauron lives, and his orc minions are on the march.