A $15 an hour minimum wage is a middle-of-the road compromise position (#12p1)
Or would be, in a sane society. Bangor Daily News:
“If the minimum wage had kept pace with worker productivity, the minimum wage would be $22 per hour today,” said Asher Platts, chairman of the Maine Green Independent Party and a state Senate candidate. “So where is all that extra value? … Wall Street holdings are the highest they’ve been in decades. This isn’t a recession; this is a robbery.”
There you go. So we're not even asking for justice, let alone shared prosperity, or decreasing the Gini Co-efficient that measures the distance between rich and poor (that is, between capital and labor).
We're just asking for wages that are the bare mnimum to live. Hardly a revolutionary demand, despite any pearl clutching.