From Swedish economic historian Eli Heckscher

“There are few things more repugnant than the combination, in a larger number of businessmen and corporations, of proud calls for freedom and independence¬† in good times, ¬†and pathetic whimpers for assistance in the form of customs tarrif and government orders as soon as difficulty strikes, and their ability to help themselves is truly put to the test.”

Norberg adds “Either a company is viable and then it needs no government support, or it is not viable and then it deserves no government support.”

From “Financial Fiasco” by Johan Norberg