"Such censorship is horrible, and I think providing tools that people can choose to use to get around it is perfectly okay."
It is good when a few people band together and express how their view is correct at the expense of others. Lets look up the "Temperance movement" shall we?
A few thought it would be a good idea to ban alcohol, after all it is bad for you. How did that work out? Was it the "right" thing to do?
Here is a thought, perhaps some level of censorship is a good thing, especially when you are trying to manage a country of 1.3BLN. Given the crime rates and such in the US with 300 million i am not sure the "US" model can easily be applied to other nations. You have to look at the history and context of those nations before trying to apply a "one size fits all" model. Can you picture the size of the Chinese prison system if China had incarceration rates the same as what can be found in the US? Clearly the Chinese can not adopt "western" models for some aspects of its society.
Please explain the "war on drugs".
Censorship is "horrible" but putting people in jail because they chose to smoke a plant is totally OK right? After all the law says that plant is against the law but tobacco (another plant) is not?
Your government (assuming you are American) has a rich history of not sharing things with you, being dishonest with you, etc. All governments do, so is it OK?
" China *choose* to use this software of their own fucking volition"
Lets say that "fully automatic MP5's" are not against the law in my country, can i sell them to you? You should be free to choose to buy them on your own right?
If Coke is not against the law in my country, why are you arrested for buying it in yours?
Lastly, food for thought. Why does it matter what the Chinese government does so much to its people?
Prostitution and pornography are also illigial in China, should you push your views on those and encourage them to change their rules because you disagree with them?
Are other nations free to create tools to violate US laws or is this a one-way street thing?