She was waiting for something. There was a restless, vagrant spirit alive in her now. She had been so long inactive, tied by the leg, with wings clipped; now her mind roamed into pleasant places of the imagination where life had freedom, where she could renew the impulses of youth. A true philosopher-a man of the world-would have known for what she was waiting with that vague, disordered expectancy and yearning; but there was no man of the world to watch and guide her this fateful summer, when things began to go irretrievably wrong.
Now there is also a question of expansion in the East. What was Generalplan Ost really about? I believe it is about ethnic expansion. There are indeed no fixed borders and nobody is really entitled to living anywhere, at least not in a Hobbesian anarchy. National Socialism is about returning the world to a Hobbesian anarchy devoid of morals at least when it comes to ethnic relations. Since the borders of Germany were not determined anyway it was of course advantageous to seek more land. Extermination of natives was a part of the plan because this is the only way other than forced assimilation to ensure that nobody would try to reclaim conquered land from Germany, ever. Nobody cares about dead ethnic groups. Forced assimilation was just impossible in Poland because Germans already tried in the past and Poles remained Poles, hence the attempted almost complete extermination of Poles. National Socialists probably genuinely believed that Slavs were literally genetically inferior due to their poverty and as a result assimilation of Slavs into Germans could possibly be dysgenic. 2b1af7f3a8