That "one single demand" is at present unformed but forming. The discussion among organizers about #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, however, contains the potent germ that can sprout and grow BIG:
...we demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It's time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we're doomed without it.
This demand seems to capture the current national mood because cleaning up corruption in Washington is something all Americans, right and left, yearn for and can stand behind. If we hang in there, 20,000-strong, week after week against every police and National Guard effort to expel us from Wall Street, it would be impossible for Obama to ignore us. Our government would be forced to choose publicly between the will of the people and the lucre of the corporations.
This could be the beginning of a whole new social dynamic in America, a step beyond the Tea Party movement, where, instead of being caught helpless by the current power structure, we the people start getting what we want whether it be the dismantling of half the 1,000 military bases America has around the world to the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act or a three strikes and you're out law for corporate criminals. Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America.
The path to our own Tahrir Square?
According to Forbes magazine (which views this development with amusement masking alarm), the source of the above expression of resistance to corporate America comes from Kalle Lasn, "editor-in-chief at rabble rousing Vancouver-based magazine Ad Busters."
There's now an #OCCUPYWALLSTREET Facebook group (natch!), and over 1,200 people have already confirmed that they'll be attending.