Essay: When Liberty Really Means Neglect

Concern about the homeless usually waits for winter, when the cold weather claims its first victims and a frozen, abandoned death stirs guilt and some compassion.

Concern comes early this year. Last week a homeless woman walked into the Wall Street office of a currency-trading firm and shot the owner dead. In August she had been released from a mental hospital. Police say she was under the delusion that she was a partner in the company and had been wronged.

Guilt gives way now to fear. It is only autumn, but the annual question has begun to be asked: What are...

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