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That's a strawman. The opposite of "ignore completely that it's done elsewhere" is not "copy the other country's law letter by letter". From how it sounds to me, the grandparent argues for learning from other country's experiences and mistakes.

No it's not. Why are you using quotations when he didn't actually write that?

To group multiple words into a single token. Otherwise, the grammar in that sentence would be pretty broken.

Quotation marks are not only for quotes, you know...

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