The last time the sort of ideology currently driving Green Parties was given a chance to step outside its theoretical confines and test its merits in practice, it took 40 years of brutality, suppression and general misery for it to collapse, and around 10 minutes later it was immediately superceded by a monstrous and savage version of capitalism.
I speak of course of communism, that whimsical flight of fancy which forced artificial equality upon folks, and in so doing, proved to anyone with a brain that concepts of this kind best remain concepts, to be discussed and espoused by long haired, unwashed pseudo intellectuals around camp fires, puffing as they do upon cannabis cigarettes.
It is no coincedence that there is such a high rate of cannabis use amongst the Greens, nor that they want it legalised.
When stoned out of your skull, their fluffy policies can take on a warm cosy appeal, and enable you to conveniently ignore the more obvious flaws, of which there are legion.
But the fact remains that these loonies are gaining some traction, albeit mainly amongst the unemployed and the jealous. Sadly, since the rise of social media, the vocality of these nether regions of humanity has grown somewhat.
So they cannot be ignored, because if they are, it may well be that they get their long awaited chance to dismantle society, to drive away the industrious and the successful, and destroy what little remains.
Their main beef, now they have generally forgotten the supposed degradation of the environment, seems to be equality, or lack of it.
Well, OK. Inequality is a natural occurrence in humanity. We are not equal, we do not have equal goals, and are certainly not all prepared to invest equal effort into achieving them.
It's easy to dismiss concerns about inequality as jealousness born of laziness or incompetence, and no doubt in the vast majority of cases this is in fact true.
It's also simple to point out that the only way in which Amazon paying zero tax in the UK impacts on the unequal, is that it potentially deprives the government of a bigger cash fund to hand out to the , how shall I say, less industrious.
Of course, had they paid their taxes, it is entirely possible the government may have chosen to spend the money or roads, or windmills, or perhaps employing more civil servants. We do not know.
What we know is that Amazon, and many like them, do not pay a fair amount of tax, and this breeds resentment.
Now I pay my taxes. I resent it, because I think by and large the government squander them, but I obey the law and pay them. I do not have the resources to employ experts to help me legally avoid them.
And I too resent it when I see super rich people and companies avoiding their taxes. I really do. It awakens the socialist in me.
And I resent the fact that Western governments do nothing about it, whilst vigourously prosecuting those less able to defend themselves. And I reckon I am not alone in this. Why should we, the industrious middle classes, slave away day and night to finance the all too comfortable lives of the bludgers and troughers when we can ill afford to, when those who can get away scot free?
So what if a western government said: OK, pay your taxes in full, we are closing every loophole, tough luck?
Well, the corporations would vanish, taking with them jobs and wealth. So would the wealthy.
It's all very well for the Greens to grandstand on this point, but the harsh reality is that any government who sides too aggressively against wealth will ultimately be the loser.
And so the groundswell of Green inspired envy and dissatisfaction grows.
The Greens and their absurd policies are not the answer. Much as they would like the Olympic 100m final to be a dead heat between all 7billion of us on this planet, it cannot be. They, the Greens, know this better than anyone. Even in their deluded world, they acknowledge much of what they now say to be socially attractive rhetoric. A Green government would adopt Green very lite versions for actual policy.
But perhaps it is time for the richest, and those who nominally govern them, to take note of what is happening and say hold on, maybe there is some middle ground here. Maybe we should pay a bit more in tax, not all of it, of course, but how about half?
Show willing, so to speak.
It won't, of course, solve the challenge of financing a fine lifestyle to those unwilling to earn it for themselves. But it might occur to some of them that the answer lies not in jealousy and theft, but in honest endeavour.
And it will also make it very tricky for the haters to continue their ranting diatribe against success, and against human nature.
Oh, I am sure they will find some other unfortunate group upon whom to blame their woes, it is in the nature of these particular beasts to assume it is always the fault of others.
But unless some compromise is reached, and quickly, I fear more and more will drift to the superficial appeal of their hysteria. Because sadly, the elite are uncontrollable, and upon this, if nothing else, the Greens do have a point.