A notion, like political economy, that has unfortunately passed out of our lexicon.

A term referring to the devotion of one's life, not to the personal agrandisment of money, power, fame, celebrity, and their ilk, but to the service of the public, its good, its safety, health, happiness and freedom.

Hardly a surprising consequence, when the media are given over to the invidious comparisons of Bill Gates and Larry Ellison.

The day information superhighway gave way to ecommerce, is the day the music died.

Skip the bother, skip the fuss
Take a Public Service bus
Public Service sure is great
Takes you right up to the gate

A jingle from the 1950s promoting the Public Service Company of New Jersey's bus service to Palisades Park and other amusement parks in the western suburbs of New York City. Alas, the amusement parks are long gone, and most of the bus routes in New Jersey are part of NJ Transit now.

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