This leads to the question of whether there will be some sort of sweeping federal action in Tesla's favor.
I'd say that's a poor choice of wording. If any such action was taken, it would be AGAINST dealers. It won't be in favour of any single company. It should be fair for all.
My response that atheists needs something to believe in: believe in the future of humanity.
It doesn't actually exist. It has psychotic tendencies. It may reward or punish us on a whim, but we can hope that it will work out okay.
I've been spending a lot of time in C++11 and I can tell you short script programs are almost as easy as python to write. The only thing lacking is standard library support for networking, graphics and databases. C++11 does have type inference now, which is one of the reasons why it's now faster to write C++ than ever before. Actually, C++ has had type inference when templates were introduced, but it just wasn't available outside of templates like auto does now.
There have been other protests and troubles since Tiananmen, and they have been largely avoiding another incident. Even the mess with the Uighurs right now. Where do you see the tanks rolling in? Do you realize parts of the country continue to open up in terms of economics AND freedom? Why did you ignore my example of Bo Xilai?
And speaking of Tiananmen, do you even understand why that even happened? They weren't doing it because they were being classical dictator villains hell bent on bending people to their will. They did it because the leaders were actually scared the protests could turn into real rebellions that would topple their power. Especially Deng Xiaoping, who was purged twice before due to the Cultural Revolution, which was in its own way a rebellion.
You need to understand Chinese political history before making assumptions that it works like a European nation. China never had the mentality of a divine right of kings.
The firewall, I think even the Chinese government knows it's ineffective, and it certainly knows people can get around it easily enough.
As for "bend them to its will", no government can do that. It can suppress, and the Chinese government can do that quite well. But it knows well enough that if it suppresses too much, there would rebellion. The threat of rebellion runs all through Chinese history and there's always the millennia old cultural inheritance of the concept of righteous rebellion that not even the Chinese government can ignore. This was the case even during the Cold War. Why do you think they went after the Gang of Four over the Cultural Revolution?