This article explores the significance to the inter-state capitalist system of the new US
national security strategy, as defined by the Donald Trump administration on 17 December 2017.
By looking beyond the inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies of President Trump, we see that this
strategy represents a break, not only with the strategies of recent US administrations but also
with a longer tradition in US foreign policy. This article proposes that the supposed crisis of
‘liberal order’ is a direct and inevitable result of the expansion and success of
the inter-state capitalist system. To explain the strategy of the US in this scenario, the
article adopts an unorthodox approach, analysing the myth of the Tower of Babel.