Just look at the illegals from Mexico.
The first ones that came didn’t come to mooch off the system, they came to work and send some money back to their families in Mexico.
A lot have stayed to work but they no longer send as much or any money back they keep it for themselves.
Now a lot aren’t coming to work but to mooch off the system.
It’s people with an inner desire to have more that has driven progress, not the people that are content with what they can get from the people that have more.
I believe human progress has pretty much been driven by producers with a desire to rid themselves of takers.
I think what you describe best fits with life after agriculture arose and there came an elected body who could maintain their power by redistributing others' wealth. But I sure get your point.