Cultural Philistines and 100 Years of the T-Shirt

Cultural Philistinism for those unaware of the term means the following:

“In the fields of philosophy and aesthetics, the term philistinism describes the social attitude of anti-intellectualism that undervalues and despises art, beauty, spirituality, and intellect; “the manners, habits, and character, or mode of thinking of a philistine”. A philistine person is the man or woman who is smugly narrow of mind and of conventional morality whose materialistic views and tastes indicate a lack of and indifference to cultural and aesthetic values.”

The root of decay in the West is an inner one born of obsession with the banal and a devaluation of anything which holds real cultural worth.

You can read the article by Frank Diez glorifying t-shirts as the apex of western culture, and Bill’s letter to Frank below:

Frank Diez, history of the t shirt

Bill's Letter to Frank
Bill’s Letter to Frank


A noble race is not one that creates a God in its own image but one that creates also the song wherewith to do Him homage. Every rebirth of a noble race is a lyric force, every sentiment that is common to the whole race, a potential lyric; music, the language of ritual, has power, above all else, to exalt the achievement and the life of man. Does it not seem that great music has power to bring spiritual peace to the strained and anxious multitude? The reign of the human spirit is not yet. ‘When matter acting on matter shall be able to replace man’s physical strength, then will the spirit of man begin to see the dawn of liberty’: so said a man of Dalmatia of our own Adriatic, the blind seer of Sebenico.