Karl Marx said that the emergence of the dictatorship of the proletariat would cause the state to wither away. I've often wondered whether he was being funny, ironic or delusional. I think now he was being ironic.
The forces of labor never coalesced into a united international front and the state never withered, not at least until recently. And this is the great irony - that it is not workers with their tyrannical unions that are causing the state to wither, but corporate investors through the auspices of fast-tracked trade deals such as NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the never-ending push towards globalization, which is really nothing but a euphemism for a race to the bottom.
As Marx might have said, "There is a specter haunting the world today, the specter of corporate capitalism."