There is global unrest everywhere in the world from Arab Spring to Ukraine to Venezuela. Most of the rest of the world only know rule by tyranny, I.e. oppressive regimes. The US was an experiment whereby power was given to the people, and politicians and leaders are responsible to the people. In this manner, America is exceptional. America’s exceptionalism has been misunderstood as arrogance. This form of thinking comes from people who seek to undermine America. In a day and age when you cannot trust anyone, you should look to what they wear on their sleeves. Most socialists are open about their subversive tactics. I suggest you simply continue to talk to them, and hash out differences in discussion and debate, to perpetually know where they stand on issues.