I don't think anybody is going to seriously compare NK to the US.
Here in the US we acknowledge free speech, unless you're politically unpopular with the upper class, like OWS or Ron Paul in which case you'll be ignored or insulted by the corporate media.
Being ignored outright or insulted by corporate media is not an infringement of anyone's free speech.
And once you've spent some time with Windows 8 touchscreen, you'll not want to go back.
I agree with the sentiment, I'll not consider buying a laptop without a touch screen after my experiences. In addition to Windows 8, I'd love to try KDE's Plasma Active, but I haven't been able to get it to run on my machine yet.
The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.