Why did eugenics have such an appeal to our first major modern philanthropists? - Bill Schambra takes on Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations. He aligns, or elides, or smears together, the pursuit of root causes with eugenics. It is as if he were concerned that Rockefeller might really find the root causes of poverty, and lay them to the account of the wealthy and powerful Board to which Bill reports. Despite the contumely this is a family fight, within a very small family, verging on the hegemonic. The root causes of poverty remain a mystery. The bull must be protected. Miscuing is an art. Some seek to conceal what other pretend to seek.