Poverty and choice in the Glass Castle

How we define poverty and attribute its causes will largely be determined by our political tendencies. Those with right-wing affiliations tend to see poverty as a result of personal choice:  people in poverty choose to have drug dependencies or enter into destructive relationships or, though a series of bad personal choices, end up in low paying jobs.  People on the left pin it on structural causes where society in general, and capitalism in particular, have failed its citizens.  The Glass Castle is a powerful exposition of this debate, and through excellent storytelling we’re compelled to reflect on the relationship between poverty and choice, as well as the bonds that hold families together.