“A new book that some
would cancel, is sure to
be loathed and loved --
by the left & right -- for
its absurd truths”
An Introduction to
“Agenda 2060: The Future as It Happens”
by A.I. Fabler
In an era when reasoned compromise and social decorum are sacrificed for good theater on extremist social media posts, it seems today’s public discourse on any issue is bound to be filled with shouting, name-calling, threats, and wild accusations.
The West is gripped by an ideological battle that is characterized as being a war between The Woke and The Anti-Woke.
It may take a dystopian novel set in the not-so-distant future, written with cunning satire by a former journalist and award-winning screenwriter, to bring a clear-headed perspective to help us see how we are devolving into a world that may actually want similar things.
This stunning, provocative novel about the future … as it happens ... challenges each of us to see who we really are and what we really believe to be true.
A new fantastic work of political, dystopian fiction in the spirit of George Orwell, Agenda 2060: The Future as It Happens by A.I. Fabler entertains, enlightens, and astonishes as it provides some insights and answers as to where we may be heading.
The World Government’s Agenda 2060 is a prescription for a utopian society whose ideals are difficult to argue against. But, as this story demonstrates, ideals can have unintended consequences. With the unique benefit of hindsight, and the aid of quantum computing, author A.I. Fabler provides a picture of society 40 years from now, following decades of cultural wars. Its ending may force each of us to rethink our long-held views.
As the author follows their every move, protagonists Professor Jordan McPhee (now de-platformed) and his star pupil, Alexa Smythe, a poster girl for the Deep State, struggle with the challenges of Identity Politics, Free Speech, Global Warming, Cancel Culture and The Great Financial Reset that underpin the high ideals enshrined in the World Government’s rule book: The Twelve Articles of Agenda 2060.
Combining fact, fantasy and satire into a disturbing and often hilarious blend, the author takes the hot- button topics of today’s Woke Agenda and writes them into Government policy, with wildly absurd consequences. Not the least being that the preferential treatment afforded to victims and minority groups has led to the majority of people competing for special treatment, pitting group against group, and destroying the State’s welfare support budgets in the process.
While the book parodies these outcomes, the two protagonists, Alexa and Jordan, try to deal with the resulting mess using logic, reason, mathematics and the aid of Artie Sharp, an artificial intelligence avatar with a growing following on the Dark Web, and a thorn in the side of the Deep State’s dissembling of truth.
A key question is examined by the author: Can utopian ideals be enshrined in a One World government’s agenda – or would people be too divided to embrace them?
While the book deconstructs the divisive issues of today with incisive humor, it also provides a penetrating view of where we may be heading, suggesting that people are not nearly as far apart in what they want for the world as they imagine.
With unusual wit and cunning style, Fabler tackles how people see the social issues – or ills – of the day – and satirically exposes the unintended consequences of our “good intentions.” People who see each other as polar opposites are really not so far apart.
Raised to live in fear of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War as a teenager, Fabler understands what it means to be a passionate, conviction-filled activist. Is there an answer to our problems? A third option? Could the middle be the way? “Both sides may want to come after you should you display reasoning and respect,” says Fabler. “There is currently no neutral ground.”
There is not a novel quite like this, where there is enough for readers hailing from both the woke left and anti-woke right to each love and hate, uniting most readers to realize the folly and destruction of their increasingly extremist, no-tolerance viewpoints that threaten effective governance, hamper community collaboration, and seemingly push us to the brink of civil war.
“We have a new Cold War,” asserts Fabler. “No one wants to talk to each other unless it is to shout down the other side and excoriate them for expressing an opposing viewpoint. The truth is we are not so far apart. We need to stop demonizing the other side and resorting to riots, cancellations, and social media bullying. First, recognize that we are constantly being manipulated by the powers that be — career politicians, academic ideologues, greedy corporations, foreign powers, and social media platforms -- and often, quite cynically, by algorithms. In the process we have lost the ability to discuss issues good naturedly. Stop and think on what we can agree. You’ll be amazed at how much that is. - October 2021
AGENDA 2060 PUBLICATION DATA
TITLE: Agenda 2060: The Future as It Happens
AUTHOR: A.I. Fabler
GENRE: Fiction, Political Satire
LENGTH: 272 pages (83,000 words)
AVAILABLE: Amazon Paperback and Kindle worldwide
PRICE: US$19.99 and US$9.99 / STG13.71 and STG7.25
IMPRINT: Wild & Lawless Ltd
PRODUCT PAGE: amazon.com/dp/047358414X
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A.I. Fabler is the pseudonym of the artificial intelligence narrator of the controversial new book, AGENDA 2060: The Future as it Happens.
To understand how Fabler’s creator chose that name as a pseudonym you will need to read to the very end of Agenda 2060. Suffice to say, the creator has had to rely on his human imagination to write about the future.
His view derives from a lifetime as a fascinated observer and commentator on technology, post-modernism and social dynamics, leading to the conclusion that human nature is essentially immutable, and humor is the best defense against it when reason fails.
So how did he get to this point? He was born in New Zealand, and joined the navy at the age of 16, jumping ship into journalism in Australia, and writing ‘penny dreadful’ mysteries and advertising copy to earn a ticket to the beckoning world of London and Paris at the age of 21. Copywriting and brand promotion led him to start his own agency in London and then New York, all the while writing plays and novellas.
After three decades of procrastination – including making the world’s best Syrah wine in 2006 (yes, really!), and running two successful billion-dollar property IPOs – he decided to take himself seriously in 2013 and get down to the business of writing full time.
Since then, he’s won several screenwriting awards, including a Drama Award at the Cannes Screenwriters Competition, and the Empire Drama Award at the New York Screenwriters Competition. His published works draw on his Renaissance man years in advertising and journalism, corporate finance and the making of award-winning wines, in a life spread across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, providing him with a rich lode of experiences and locations to mine for his characters and their stories.
His new releases in 2022/23 include "Agenda 2060 Book Two"; and "The Seed of Corruption", a mystery/thriller set in Vietnam during the 2004 SARS epidemic; and "A Song for Leonard", a New York seventies noir mystery/thriller.
Agenda 2060 Questions and Answers
Q: What sparked the idea for your provocative, controversial book?
While at a creative retreat in Italy I got into conversation with some California college academics on sabbatical and was alarmed to find how many subjects they held positions on in ways that effectively stymied open discussion. They were intelligent people who had dug themselves into entrenched positions, regarding alternative views as hand grenades. I had often used comedy of the absurd in my writing to defuse difficult subjects and I wrote some skits for their benefit about minority groups goings to extremes to outpoint each other in their claims for victim status. The way my characters’ behavior quickly spiraled into the realms of insanity freed these woke academics from their conscription to political correctness, enabling them to laugh. The lesson was obvious: some subjects are so serious that they can only be treated as comedy.
Q: What is it about?
It takes the hot button topics of today’s woke agenda -- such as gender and racial identity, cancel culture, free speech and climate change -- and enshrines them as ideals pursued by the One World government 40 years in the future. The unintended consequences of those ideals are portrayed as sometimes farcical, outrageous, absurd and, sadly, harmful. Not because the ideals aren’t desirable, but because of the behavior of the people manipulating those ideals for their own ends.
Q: So, are you for people speaking out against racism and sexism, destroying the environment, and weakening free speech?
We have a duty to speak out about things we believe require improvement. We may not agree about the causes and solutions, but if our speech is so derogatory and antagonistic that it doesn’t warrant response, then we’ll end with an absence of dialogue in society. But the killing of conversation is not the winning of it. A view doesn’t carry more weight when we scream it out loud so that it drowns out all other views. And it’s not a triumph of opinion when people are made too afraid to express a contrary one.
Q: Can the masses agree on anything?
Yes, if you think about it calmly, there is little disagreement that we want a clean environment, equal respect and opportunities for all people, an end to poverty and disease, safeguards against political and corporate corruption and mendacity: the list is enormous. We may come at it from different angles, and with different degrees of urgency, but most people’s instincts are on the side of fairness and justice. The noise is made by intolerant extremists. Make fun of them. Show how petulant and immature they are. Tyrants can’t stand to be laughed at.
Q: It seems your book, with wit and sarcasm leaving their fingerprints on every page, seeks to tackle serious issues but also entertain us. Can such a book really do both?
While laughing in disbelief and/or outrage, the reader is thinking about the subject in a new way and hopefully reexamining the bias she brought to it. I was determined not to write a polemic about woke culture (there are too many of them) and you may struggle to decide which side of an issue I favor. These are big social topics you’re reading about in Agenda 2060, but the idea is that you should have fun while getting your head around them.
Q: You are also ruthlessly frank about privacy. Are we simply embracing the loss of our own privacy and freedoms by surrendering to the Amazons, Facebooks and Googles of the AI world? Do we overly allow them to surveil -- and even manipulate and dictate -- our lives?
They have as much moral credibility as drug pushers. Their aim is to make their products so addictive that the lives of their subscribers are theirs to manipulate and steal from without limit. There is no personal privacy now and I’m not sure that it is retrievable. Nor is there freedom of action. The manipulation of opinion and so-called truth has reached the level of brain washing. What to do about it? Unplug the internet (but not until after everyone has bought my book).
Q: You end your book with a question that should deeply concern us. You write: “Does it mean that quantum computing has finally allowed an algorithm to be fully humanized? Is that what humans want?” What is the answer?
At the time of writing, algorithms were designed as servants of their creators, though self-supervised A.I. learning now casts a shadow over that assumption. We already have software that enables A.I. to review its own work, analyze its shortcomings and rewrite its own code. A.I.s are creative without human input, so who’s to say who wrote what we’re reading? Step into the metaverse in 2021 and imagine yourself still there in 2060. You’ll be living in a computer simulation, and maybe you always have been. This area is developing at warp speed and may already be beyond our control.
Q: As a former journalist, did you call upon an objective view that allowed you to put everything under the microscope for examination?
Journalists of my generation regard cynicism and distrust as the two most important virtues. Don’t be misled by the words, look for their true meaning. Don’t believe the meaning, find the motive for its expression. Post-modernism has deliberately deconstructed language in order to de-power those who use it to tie down truth and rationality. It suits their purpose that language should mean whatever they want it to mean, making their ideas elusive to all except those who start from their position of belief. This neuters their opponents who are reduced to shouting abuse in return. The great mass of people in the middle are merely dumbfounded. The best asset for getting through this mess is a faultless BS detector.
Q: As an award-winning screenwriter, did you pen this book for one who enjoys theatrical entertainment or the seeking individual who wants to better understand not just the issues of the day but how both sides of any debate are destroying each other in the process of seeking to make the world better?
Both those things. Screenwriting teaches that every scene needs to deliver while inviting you forward to the next scene. There are cinematic elements in the Agenda 2060 story, but they are mostly vignettes. I did not start with any lofty ambitions other than emancipating readers from the grip of whatever group psychosis has captured them, and doing it while providing something that is fun to read.
Q: Wokeism. How do you tackle this in your book?
The western world is divided into three camps. There is The Woke, The Anti-Woke and The Dumbfounded. Each camp is driven by fear. The Woke are afraid of being found to be not woke enough. In their tribe, impurity of wokeness will have them ostracized. The Anti-Woke are afraid of contagion. They fear that weak people, particularly the young, will catch the woke virus. And the Dumbfounded are afraid because they don’t understand anything that The Woke and Anti-Woke are saying. This book is for all of them.
Q: Why is there such a disconnect amongst people when discussing politics, social issues, and economic matters?
I could theorize (and many very erudite people have) but I am not sure we would come away with a clear and definite answer. Clarity of thought relies on clarity of language, as I touched on above. If a child can’t express itself clearly it starts shouting and stamping its foot. There’s a lot of that going on. Also, the civilizing influence of shared community has been progressively lost, starting with the nuclear family, church and secular institutions, which gave the individual a sense of belonging. Now the individual must join a tribe to gain identity. Why are they taking such aggressive and polarizing stances on issues of common concern? Perhaps because the tribes are competing for membership and loyalty.
Q: You have lived and worked in Europe and the Asia/Pacific Region for decades, as well as spent time in the United States. Is the entire world having the same type of discourse the way Americans are – or is there some sanity overseas?
This is a First World problem. The Third World is too busy trying to feed itself. The Woke Agenda grew in the Petri dish of progressivism, which grew in turn out of the post-modernism incubated in academia. Over the last 70 years it has spread out through the elite bureaucracies, the media and now into the corporate world. It is a world view held by people who have a higher education and income. The UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and Scandinavia have followed the US. Ironically, France, whose intellectuals spawned modernist ideas, is comparatively less infected.
Q: You say that intelligent people seem to have dug themselves into entrenched positions, regarding alternative views as hand grenades. Why?
Returning to my categorization of the three tribes, we can define them even further. The Woke believe in conformity and One World authority. The Anti-Woke believe in individualism and anti-authoritarianism. Those views are polar opposites, and polarizing leads to aggression towards opposing views. The Woke believe the Anti-Woke should be cancelled. The Anti-Woke believe that the Woke should be certified insane. And the Dumbfounded are reluctant to express a view in case they are inadvertently judged to be Woke or Anti-Woke. Meanwhile there are politicians with dog whistles trying to round them up into their parties.
Q: Are there some subjects so serious that they can NOT be treated as comedy?
Ask Dave Chappelle. People’s personal hurt and tragedies should definitely be treated with sensitivity. Isn’t that where transgender awareness began? We can laugh at our own personal hurts and tragedies (sometimes that’s the best cure for them) but we are not entitled to take liberties with those of others. However, in the abstract, issues can benefit from the clarity which the light of comedy bestows. Everything in life becomes absurd if you take it to its fullest extreme. Even Hitler. Avoiding ad hominem attacks is a good general rule, although in the case of Hitler they are perfectly acceptable. I guess that suggests that you need to exercise judgment. Personal judgment is something we are being bullied out of trusting. Group think is now the arbiter. Well, group think is a fertile area for dissection BY comedy, I say.
Q: Will people of the world ever end their ‘isms’ wars with one another?
There is hope. Bad times pass if you wait long enough. (Unfortunately, so too do good times, says the cynic in me). My personal belief is that the instincts for common good that have created our society in the past will not be destroyed by ideology long term, despite these periods when we are led to believe otherwise. This has all happened before, if not in the same form.
Theme and Treatment
A.I. Fabler’s Insights: Why He Created Agenda 2060
The fictional agenda at the heart of my futuristic novel contains 12 Articles, or principles, that form the guidelines for society in the year 2060. They cover familiar territory like identity and victimhood, hate speech, climate change, and environmentalism, an economic “Great Reset” and a “One World” government, and they are couched in a language that is familiar enough to suggest they’ve already been proposed by a UN body or World Economic Forum in similar terms today.
My intent is not to dismiss the ideals they express, but to show some of the unintended consequences if they are taken to an extreme. The result is sometimes deliberately over-the-top satire. But not all the time. Sometimes the subject can be serious, such as the dilemma we face in trying to control artificial intelligence.
But what is surprising is that the characters that I use as the medium for examining these 12 Articles do not at any stage completely reject the broad intentions behind them. Quite the contrary. I believe supporters and opponents are not that far apart. It’s politics and self-interest that need to be cleaned up.
When I expressed those starting ideals in writing, they sounded remarkably similar to the United Nations and World Economic Forum ideals contained in such documents as Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030. That’s what gave me the structure for a book-length treatment.
Setting it in the future allowed me to take liberties with the absurdist elements and to claim the title of Agenda 2060. The characters would carry the story dramatically and emotionally by struggling with the unforeseen consequences of the ideals expressed in Agenda 2060, and thereby become surrogates for the reader.
Of the two characters, Jordan is a victim of cancel culture, and Alexa is a beneficiary of the woke State policies, yet neither of them expresses an outright rejection of the idealistic aims contained in the 12 Articles of Agenda 2060. Their criticisms are focused on the behavior of the people manipulating those ideals for their own ends. My intention was to open up difficult subjects for examination by the reader through the simple device of absurdist comedy.
For me, the result is that we are not far apart in what we want for the world, we have just lost the ability to talk about it good naturedly. A view doesn’t carry more weight when we scream it out loud so that it drowns out all other views. It is not a triumph of opinion when other people are made too afraid to express a contrary one. What happens to the freedom of the individual when that individual is forced to hide his or her identity under the protective blanket of a group?
The 12 Articles of Agenda 2060
Inspired by bold initiatives and declarations put out by major bodies such as the United Nations, New Zealand-based author A.I. Fabler created a dystopian novel that puts forth an ambitious agenda that may define Utopia in the year 2060 – or it may lead to the end of the world as we know it. Decide for yourself.