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Is John Malone Preparing to Flee to Canada?

The problem with Q&A interviews in print is that it’s hard to tell when someone’s kidding or not, and place their statements in context.

So I’m still not quite sure how to parse the Wall Street Journal’s chat with mogul John Malone, who talks about fleeing across the Canadian border on a snowmobile if the shit hits the fan in the U.S.

Malone says some sensible stuff, like questioning how you get people to pay for video online. “I’ll be surprised if people pay much for something they get for free otherwise,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Huh, explain that one to me again?'”

But then he closed with this, when asked about the weak U.S. economy:

We have a retreat that’s right on the Quebec border. We own 18 miles on the border, so we can cross. Anytime we want to we can get away.

It would probably be illegal but we could go. Actually our snowmobile trail goes right on the border.

I’d like to give Malone the benefit of the doubt, but since he’s billed as a “proud libertarian,” I’m not entirely sure.

But I do feel safer knowing that he has 18 miles of property along which to plan his escape route.

Either way, this is one of those Q&A’s where I suspect the editor fell asleep about halfway through it.


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