For about 20 years, Ray Keating wrote a weekly newspaper column - a short time with the New York City Tribune, more than 11 years with Newsday, and another seven years with Long Island Business News. While writing four to five online analyses each week in his economist position, Keating decided to restart additional, regular commentary touching on a broad range of issues in 2016. So, here it goes...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes - What Caused the Great Depression?

NEW EPISODE OF FREE ENTERPRISE IN THREE MINUTES! Episode #16: What Caused the Great Depression?
The Great Depression is mistakenly blamed on market failure. In reality, the economy sank into and persisted in a depression due to government failure. The Great Depression was all about trade protectionism, tax increases, massive increases in government spending, and unprecedented regulation.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes - Yes, Taxes Matter

New Episode of Free Enterprise in Three Minutes with Ray Keating - Episode #14: Yes, Taxes Matter - Ray Keating asks: Why do so many economists – including supply-side economists, like myself – favor tax relief and oppose tax increases? Are we just evil, greedy people? Of course not. Taxes matter to everyone due to the various ways taxes impact incentives, opportunity and economic growth.

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Free Enterprise in Three Minutes - Episode #13: Immigration is Plus for the Economy

Ray Keating puts aside the partisan politics and sets the record straight on the actual economics of immigration. And it turns out that immigration ranks as an economic plus.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stephen Grant - Former CIA Operative and Current Pastor - Back to Face Dangers at a Local Comic-Con in HEROES AND VILLAINS

Heroes and Villains is the first short story from award-winning novelist Ray Keating, and it ranks as another exciting thriller. Stephen Grant, pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on Long Island, a former Navy SEAL and onetime CIA operative, must confront violence springing from a toxic mixture of pop culture and ideological extremism. 

Of course, many people think of Grant as a hero. At various times defending the Christian Church and the United States over the years, he has journeyed across the nation and around the world. But now Grant finds himself in an entirely unfamiliar setting – a comic book, science fiction and fantasy convention. But he still joins forces with a unique set of heroes in an attempt to foil a villainous plot against one of the all-time great comic book writers and artists.



Heroes and Villains: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story comes on the heels of Keating’s just-released Reagan Country: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, which takes readers on a wild ride from the Reagan Presidential Library in California to the White House to a Russian Orthodox monastery to the Kremlin, while also providing a salute to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. 

Ray Keating said, “With Heroes and Villains and Reagan Country being released so close together, I hope that readers have great fun spending this summer with Pastor Stephen Grant. I think these two adventures will fit quite nicely on everyone’s summer reading list.”

In fact, one Amazon reviewer said the following about Reagan Country: “Another fun Keating read, perfect escapism fiction, great for the beach or vacation.”



Keating’s previous Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers/mysteries – Lionhearts, Wine Into Water, Murderer’s Row, The River, An Advent For Religious Liberty, Root of All Evil? and Warrior Monk – have received widespread praise. 

Heroes and Villains: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story and Reagan Country: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel are available in trade paperback and for the Kindle from Amazon.com and signed books at raykeatingonline.com 

Review copies, and author interviews and appearances are available upon request. 

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
Twitter: @KeatingNovels

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes - Episode #12: No, Apple and the NFL Are Not Monopolies

Politicians, the media and more than a few economists rather haphazardly toss around the word “monopoly.” Ray Keating sets the record straight on what a monopoly actually is, and no, Apple, the NFL and Major League Baseball are not monopolies.

Tune in at http://www.buzzsprout.com/155969/707801-episode-12-no-apple-and-the-nfl-are-not-monopolies


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast - Episode #11: The Economy Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast - Episode #11: The Economy Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

The economy is not like poker, not like a sports game, and not about zero-sum thinking. This point matters because all sorts of bad economic ideas are rooted in mistaken zero-sum thinking, that is, the misguided idea that if one person gains in the economy, another person must lose.

Please tun in at http://www.buzzsprout.com/155969/700723-episode-11-the-economy-is-not-a-zero-sum-game


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes, Episode #10: Profits Aren't Evil

No matter what you might have heard about profits being “evil,” Ray Keating makes clear that is not really the case. Instead, Keating explains the critical roles that both profits and losses play in our economy.

List at http://www.buzzsprout.com/155969/692182-episode-10-profits-aren-t-evil


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast, Episode #8: What the Heck is Scarcity?

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast, Episode #8: Ray Keating explains what “scarcity” means in the world of economics; sums up why it matters; and notes that it should not be confused with other terms, like “poverty” or “shortages.”

Listen at Buzzsprout at http://www.buzzsprout.com/155969

Or listen and subscribe at iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/free-enterprise-in-three-minutes-podcast-with-ray-keating/id1349576104


Friday, March 30, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes: Economics? Not Dismal, But Rather Exciting

Economics? Not Dismal, But Rather Exciting
In the latest episode of the Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast, Ray Keating explains that economics is only dismal when not practiced correctly, such as when political preferences are dressed up as economics. Keating proclaims that economics actually is quite exciting.


Free Enterprise in Three Minutes: The Big 5 Policies for Growth

Episode #6: The Big 5 Policies for Growth - What are the policies that allow economic growth to flourish? Ray Keating highlights the “Big 5” policy or institutional requirements that are essential to allowing economic growth to flourish.

Listen at iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/free-enterprise-in-three-minutes-podcast-with-ray-keating/id1349576104

Or at Buzzsprout at http://www.buzzsprout.com/155969/666862-episode-6-the-big-5-polices-for-growth