Chris, you are a funny chap.
The major international banking institutions collectively, with few exceptions, sought out Government help to stop them from collapsing. In a laissez-faire, unregulated capitalism, the banks which 'cultivated a nightmare scenario' would have failed. This would have been the natural outcome. Although it should be added, Government intervention gave rise to the banking crisis in the first place.
Fanny Mae & Freddie Mac in the US counted hundreds of billions of dollars they invested in subprime loans as a public good that would foster affordable housing, allowed under Government policies. The subprime market was the rot which spread. Abuses feed abuses Chris, as I keep saying.
Maxwell is an interesting example. You may recall he was once an MP and worked very closely with those in politics. John Major had some good things to say about him. His media empire had its uses too while it lasted, providing invaluable support to Labour, support which is hard to quantify. He was also a fraudster.
Your point seems to be, though not very explicitly put, that there are private firms which have failed in some way, and the Government has had to step in to try to correct the failure. In some cases, the Government is part of the cause of the failure. In others, I question whether it is legitimate for the Government to step in.
If it is a criminal matter, such as Maxwell, then this could affect any sector - crime does not only take place in the private sector as you know Chris. Then the Government has a legitimate role in stepping in, as this would be considered part of the justice system.
In matters of other kinds, the Government has no legitimate reason to use take earnings to pay for private or public sector failures.
I'm glad you admit your world view is warped Chris, that is the first step. Let me try and correct the distortions.