From Naked Capitalism here:
Conservatives kick you in the ribs. Liberals put a tweedy arm round your shoulder while sticking the shiv in so expertly you don’t realize you’re bleeding out ’til later. The left puts the working class first, not markets, because they are not neoliberals.
By this definition liberals and ‘the left’ are distinct even though the two terms are conflated in the media.
One of my pet peeves is if you don’t believe in the markets as the solution to everything and you feel that capitalism does not sufficiently meet all the needs (both material and emotional and spiritual) of human beings you’re a part of the ‘radical left’.
Which is a really strange term for someone acting like a human.