In early December Greg Mankiw published his list of concepts in economics that distinguish the lefties from the moderates. Greg is a beloved Harvard econ professor. Beloved by me because he attacks Paul Krugman and other political hacks who pretend to be economists. My distinctions between Lefties and moderates is called the Catechism of Lefty Fundamentalism.
His six are (abbreviated)
1. The left ... is less worried about the distortionary effect of taxes.
2. The left sees (market failure) as more pervasive, ... that calls for government intervention.
3. The left sees large corporations with substantial degrees of monopoly power that need to be checked by active antitrust policy.
4. The left sees people making systematic errors and believe that it is the government role's to protect people from their own mistakes.
5. The left sees government as the main institution that can counterbalance the effects of the all-too-powerful marketplace.
6. The market-based distribution of income ..is.. unfair and ... the government (should fix it.)
1. Equality of income has been a human ideal. It should continue to be.
2. Global commerce is exploitive of workers and the environment.
3. People would not be poor if they were given reasonable financial assistance.
4. Large corporations are generally malevolent and should be constrained.
5. Religion is the opiate of the masses.
6. There are classes in America.
7. The top class protects its interests at others expense.
In detail we agree on his 3 and my 4 and his 6 my 1 but overall we are in complete agreement. Take out my 5 on religion and there is very little difference. Mankiw is focused on economic models and I am focused on a slightly more Lefty worldview model.