In Volney's Ruins of Empire, the nation was divided between those who "by useful laborus contribute to the support and maintenance of society," and the parasites who lived off them: "none but priests, courtiers, public accountants, commanders of troops, in short, the civil, military, or religious agents of government."
Think about this for a moment. Who are the people who live off of the rest of us today? I'd say the state; government; politicians, the corporations with help from the political elite. Those would use a gun to remove the fruits of your labor from your wallet or purse; from the mouth of your child. Is it any different today than it was in the 1790s? If you think we are any more free than the peasants of the feudal past, think again. It's a different time, same kind of slavery.
People.... What labour do you perform in the society?
Privileged Class. None: we are not made to labour.
People. How then have you acquired your wealth?
Privileged Class. By taking the pains to govern you.
People. To govern us!... We toil, and you enjoy; we produce and you dissipate; wealth flows from us, and you absorb it. Privileged men, class distinct from the people, form a class apart and govern yourselves. [quoted in Ibid. 99]