The Alchemy of Life

Anton Balint
A newsletter on things that matter. You can read more content on culture, philosophy and art on my website:
Created 07 Dec 2020
  • Second Class Citizens. Next the Gulags.
    05 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 1 0
    Before we start, three important announcements: Announcement I: I have published my first book on 02 December, called The Chain. You can buy it on Amazon as an ebook for Kindle. Make sure the Amazon w...
  • Investing in Art (Part III)
    28 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans! TK News by Matt Taibbi Listen to This Article: Thanksgiving is Awesome Listen now (12 min) | In reply to the haters. Happy holiday, everyone. Read by Jared Moore…R...
  • Investing in Art (Part II)
    21 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Here is part I of the series, in which you can read about the state of the art market (globally and by geography) in 2020 and 2021, as well as about a short history of art collecting and investing. In...
  • The negative side of the anti-Biden satire
    14 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    I am still working on parts II and III for the “Investing in Art” series. As such, because the next part is not yet ready, I thought we’d discuss something else which seems to be a growing development...
  • Investing in Art (Part I)
    07 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    The global equity market capitalisation is at all time high (see chart below which shows this in $trn). The graph poses many questions but one of the key points for me is the following: how much of th...
  • In Business with Authoritarians
    31 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    In 2020, the asset management industry has been busy “tapping into the opportunities of the Chinese market” to paraphrase the general corporate language used to describe the launch of hundreds of fund...
  • Political Satire: "I pull my own teeth out"
    24 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Below is a political satire which I wrote a few weeks back and published it on my blog. It aims to highlight a number of cultural, political and psychological developments that underpin the double nat...
  • The $200bn "complete fraud".
    17 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    In February of last year, the CEO of Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, called ESG investing “great marketing”, “complete fraud”, “joke” and “so ridiculous” - on CNBC of all places. I share Palihap...
  • Knowledge is power
    10 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I feel like the last few newsletters have been on the heavy side in terms of topics. As such, I thought that a bit of freshness and lightness (like the edited water image above) is needed. However, we...
  • Courage: the antidote to our times
    03 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Towards the end of the final movie from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, “The Return of the King”, the forces of Mordor (the land of the dark lord) overcome the white city of Minas Tirith, the last cita...
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