Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel was an ancient structure and goal meant to unite the whole of humanity as a single nation and in a single pursue.
Come, let us build a city for ourselves, and a tower whose top will reach into the heavens, and let us make a [famous] name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered [into separate groups] and be dispersed over the surface of the entire earth [as the Lord instructed].— Genesis 11:4 (AMP)
This displeased God, who understood that such unity and "progress" was undesirable, so God separated humankind into various nations with various languages.
Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.— Genesis 11:6–11:7 (AMP)
Legacy and relevance
Since the time Marx began advocating internationalism and the replacement of national and tribal fidelity with class consciousness, Western liberals have sought to have universalism displace particularism, cosmopolitanism displace nationalism, and international organizations displace nation-states. This urge of the Left became more widespread and insidious after (and perhaps as a consequence of) the World Wars. Rightist authors have often evoked the Tower of Babel to describe the goals and hubris of the Left.
[T]errorism is just the tip of the iceberg of the many problems of globalism, a stupid Tower of Babel project for our elites and their fawning egalitarian useful idiots.
Like many modern Christians, he [Alastair Roberts] misunderstands the religion to indicate that national borders be erased so that one world race — the tower of Babel in political form — can exist in harmony. This leads him to reject the idea of nationhood before even considering it.