Bunch of criminals pursuing Will Kane (Gary Cooper) to take over the town

“Stubborn” Will Kane (Gary Cooper) and his courageous wife Amy (Grace Kelly)

The hero fights the gang of outlaws in spite of being betrayed by the townsfolks (philistines choosing bandits over the honest person)

In “High Noon” the Marshal of the little town (Gary Cooper) is informed about arrival to the town of a pack of bandits with guns and thick criminal records. The Marshal’s assistant, a shameless self-promoter suddenly couldn’t be found, and so several friends seemed reliable until this moment. In the hope to find help to resist the intruders Gary Cooper is going to the church, but meets there a lack of desire to join him. The town inhabitants hope that if the Marshal will leave the town before gangsters arrive the bandits will not behave dangerously and everything will be alright, peaceful and prosperous. Shocked by the people’s refusal to help him, the local authority and friendly person for many years, Will Kane decides not to run away and stays to fight the outlaw murderers alone. But he understands that the armed criminals and robbers and philistines of cowardly happiness are like the right and left hands of the same body.

It is not the uniforms of SA or SS that can identify real “fascism”, and it is not the Nazi flag or Mussolini or Franco‘s slogans. It is the psychological condition of human beings, which, first of all is a combination of frustrated self-aggrandizement and rather diffused hate as a result of this frustration. This hate is directed towards those who are perceived as rivals for and danger to one’s prosperity and wellbeing. It is usually the minorities: blacks, foreigners and intellectuals (all of them are obvious personifications of dissimilar others). Secondly, it is absolute (infantile and sentimental) admiration for a tough top leader – a personification of a perfect strongman, a man whose power is as unlimited as his wealth – an idealized father figure as it is perceived by an early adolescent boy.

The amazing feature of a really fascist leader is a mixture of imperial distance from the masses which worship him and his “miraculous” identification with members of the loyal crowds. He is perceived as tough and demanding, but in other times as a close and a loving friend, loving as only you can love yourselves (configuration referring to a common identity between a private and a general – one who can easily die and one who gives commands).

In a fascist universe self-sacrifice is natural – it is, as if, the one who is sacrificed (died in a line of duty) is at the same time always staying alive as his/her comrade in arms. For this reason concentration on hate towards the dissimilar others as a basic prototype of an enemy is a factor outweighing fear for one’s own life. If you will die you still will be alive as your very comrade. Hate in the fascist world is more focused on than love – love is always there whether one is alive or dead, but hate is a collective focus on a distinguish target – the enemy (the alien, the bizarre, the monstrous.

Unconditional love for a fascist leader and our comrades in arms on the one hand and the unconditional hate for those who are the bizarre others and must be hated and punished for being different from “us” on the other, creates a drastic contrast between fascist togetherness and fascist dehumanized alienation from dissimilar people. The presence of enemy, foreigner as carrier of all evil, all that is wrong binds people to unite without criticism with their own crowd.

It is not too difficult to comprehend how this psychological and social totalitarian dynamics came to be a reality in the beginning of the 21st century. Americans from childhood are objects of “official” suggestion that they are exceptional people belonging to exceptional country. But the word “exceptional” is semantically close to (and easy resonates with) the word “superior” – “exceptionalism” is connected through the golden chain with “supremacy” and “superiority”. This problem refers to the megalomania of Soviet Communists who treated themselves as the number one country in the world by its exceptionalism and superiority based on the uniqueness of their ability to belief in Communism. This semantic knot is too close to the Arian megalomania as a part of military thinking constellation before and during WWII.

Let’s not forget that it is the primitive human megalomania that creates Consuls, Tsars, Kings/Queens, Dukes, Billionaires, Gen-secs, Gods, power, wars, D. Trumps as standing above Congress and Demos, and the outlaw bandits of the Wild West in “High Noon”.

Solitary fight with a gang of outlaws is not easy, but the more difficult is to survive the disappointment with the people. Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is a real human being – instead of megalomania he has dignity. After his victory over the megalomaniacal bandits he “resigns”. Humility respects the ability to tolerate the human pain. Probably, he will never become a Marshall or a Sheriff again.