“We all have to live this way, in a landscape vandalized by increasingly inane and powerful flows of capital. Chase told me the real joke of the show was not ‘What if a mobster went to therapy?’ The comedic engine, for him, was this: What if things had become so selfish and narcissistic in America that even the mob couldn’t take it? ‘That was the whole thing,’ he said. ‘America was so off the rails that everything that the Mafia had done was nothing compared to what was going on around them.'” NYT Magazine (Gift Article for ND Readers): Why Is Every Young Person in America Watching The Sopranos? “The show’s new audience is also seeing something different in it: a parable about a country in terminal decline.” (Well, it’s not like the Tiger King is showing a country on a perpetual upswing.)