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    From my experience, these are usually some sick variation of American exceptionalism.

    Somehow, in conservative minds the US is so unique that no global lessons, facts and figures ever apply to it (except for a very select few cherry-picked by Faux News et al.).

    I heard this argument regarding the unacceptably-high US incarceration rate: "these other countries don't have the same challenges as we do."

    The man who said this is a very sweet person, highly educated, quiet, a great person in every respect except for conservatism. He is also too young to suffer from automatic pre-Civil-Rights prejudice.

    How to counter this?

    1. Follow up on what you did and add more and more countries, asking "do ALL these countries really have not a single lesson to teach us? How unique are we really?"

    2. Even better, send the ball back deep into their court, requesting that they spell out precisely in what ways they think the US is so unique, that its gun/jail/health policies have to be apart from any other comparable nation on Earth.

    They will either stutter, or start rolling out the prejudice. The "unique circumstances" cannot be anything but a codeword for "too many uncivilized brown people with too many rights, living in the same country with white people", or something of the sort.

    Anyone has other ideas?

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