Adbusters, the group that is largely responsible for the Occupy Wall Street protests, has come out with their own idea for a simple demand:
On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let’s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.
Personally, I don’t think the Wall Street protests need to have a single demand, undiluted by anything else. The requirement for a single, simple demand is a red herring created by the corporate-owned media in order to frame the debate. If you change the current list of demands to a single demand, they will just find some other thing to complain about.
But I think the protest movement has already succeeded in doing something that was vitally important to our country, which was steering public discourse away from endless rhetoric about the need for smaller government, and back towards real discussions on how we can repair our economy.
But watch this brilliant video promoting a Robin Hood tax in Britain (starring the incredible Bill Nighy):
UPDATE: The more I think about this, the more I believe that while this should not be the only demand, it is a very good demand to focus on before the upcoming G20 talks.