This is such a known quantity in the world, we even have words for it: cumulative advantage and cumulative disadvantage. It didn't make a splash in academia until after Pierre Bourdieu overcame his own cumulative disadvantage and became accepted in the French academy. But it's always been an implicit fact of civilization: some people toil so others don't have to, and sooner or later, the ones who don't naturally believe that's as it should be. Aristocracy, peerage, dynasties - these are the political manifestations of an implicit belief in cumulative disadvantage. If those with power didn't believe this paradigm existed - of bootstrapping actually worked - why would they create systems that perpetuate it? Cui bono?