Yeah, it's the conundrum of Marxism that Bolshevism sought to erase: revolution is hard and we can fix things slowly from the inside with peaceful marches (see 9 January O.S. 1905). Unfortunately Lenin's attempt to stir the spirit of the proletariat was at the barrel of a rifle. The dictatorship of the proletariat seems to be too comfortable for the dictator unfortunately as well.
I'm certainly not against calling evil as such when I see it. If that dashes any chances at building a bridge with those on the right, then I regret it no more than my inability to build a bridge to Hades. Lenin may not have missed the mark by that much on retrospect.
Don't get me wrong, there's a line in the sand. I have certainly been confronted by enough "evil" on the doorstep that I've told someone I don't want their vote (and may have used an impolite word as I left, put it that way). But mostly voting Tory doesn't necessarily make someone evil; sometimes it's swing voters that have voted Tory before and voted Labour before too - if we can't win them over we've lost. The great left-wing hero (in the UK) Nye Bevan famously said that the Tory Party are "lower than vermin" (people have that on T-shirts here) but he was talking about MPs, members, not just anyone who voted for them.
Hmm. Yeah, I get it. I'm pretty torn on the subject, though. I don't wanna sound like a hater, but realistically everything has a best by date. To wit, when is our current system's? Our amazing "democracy" has given us an estimated 123 million war deaths in the 20th century alone. It has given us climate change. It has given us Donald Trump!
Jaded? You bet. Ready to compromise with people for whom the idea of looking after the poorest amongst us is anathema? No.
Whereas non-democratic systems such as fascism and communism didn't kill anyone in the 20th century, did they?
And again, I don't think people voting for right-wing parties is necessarily because they think looking after the poorest among us is anathema. Some might have a callous and selfish world view but I think most just vote for competence - for better or worse, people think the Tories (here) have got their shit together and we haven't. First you have to earn the right to be heard; earn people's trust. In short, people think the Tories are brutal but get stuff done.
There's an interesting theory that we've moving away from the traditional left vs right economic split, to the biggest split in politics being open vs closed. Between open, liberal-minded people who are OK with immigration and working with other countries, and narrow-minded nationalists. This was certainly the split when it came to the EU referendum, which is casting a very large shadow over this election. Am I ready to get out there and try to win those arguments? You bet. (And I should say, cards on table, that I campaigned hard for Remain.) On the subject of Brexit, actually, there was an interesting theory from Dominic Cummings, the Director of the Vote Leave campaign. He wrote a long blog article on why he thought he'd won it, and he says "contrary to what the pundits thought, Ed Miliband was right that the tide has turned against free markets". I think he's right. Even the Tories here are promising to cap energy bills - the kind of market intervention from the state that would have been unthinkable in the 1980s and 90s. The New Statesman (influential left wing weekly) is calling Theresa May "the first post-liberal Prime Minister".
With regard to Trump, you can see the same phenomenon - he attracted just enough votes from working-class folk in run down towns across the US angry with Wall Street to push him over the line. Yes, it's breathtakingly cynical and hypocritical, but he promised protectionism and that had its appeal.