I think that if you enter a political argument that is about what rules should be enforced against whom, you are begging the question when you write “government/society”. Aren’t most political arguments in effect about the relationship between government and society? If you identify the goals of government with the goals of society, you are already taking a (rather extreme) political position.
In any case, I thought that in this country, the goal of “government” at least was settled centuries ago.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Not a word about GDP, or its maximization, there!