They include the following nations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uruguay.
Those names don’t mean too much in a vacuum … so let’s look at the size of their economies (using International Monetary Fund figures for 2012):
|COUNTRY||RANK (WORLD’S BIGGEST ECONOMIES)||GDP ($USD IN MILLIONS)|
TOTAL: $15,866,168 (remember: all figures in this post are in millions.)
In comparison, the U.S. – the world’s largest economy – has a GDP of $16,244,575 … larger than the 21 countries.
So let’s add them to the U.S. side of the ledger:
But China and Russia hate NSA spying so much that they have joined the new BRICS consortium – along with India, Brazil and South Africa – which is building its own Internet infrastructure to avoid NSA spying.
So let’s add them to the total opposing NSA spying:
The bottom line is that there is currently more money aligned against U.S. spying than for it.
Notes: The above analysis is admittedly over-simplified. But it still shows the general shift of economic power away from American spy imperialism.
For example, concentration of economic power is important. The U.S. – as the world’s largest economy – would presumably have more power than several nations whose GDP cumulatively equals the U.S.
Japan – the world’s 3rd largest economy – has been a close ally of the U.S. for some time. Japan hasn’t weighed in on the spying issue, but if we count Japan’s GDP onto the U.S. side, it would swing the economic balance in favor of the U.S.
In addition, the U.S. has by far the world’s largest military, which – for now – gives it additional influence.
Technical note: For the couple of nations for which IMF figures were not available, we used the CIA Factbook.
This article was posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 5:24 am