One of my favorite old TV shows is “The Prisoner,” starring actor Patrick McGoohan as No. 6, a retired spy who is kidnapped and trapped in a place known as The Village.

Although it’s 45-year-old science fiction this year, “The Prisoner” has much to say about our modern day, the real-life intrigues behind the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and the move toward what’s been called the New World Order.

In the series, The Village is part dystopian nightmare, part wry social commentary. It is a prison without walls, inhabited by prisoners from around the world and their indistinguishable guardians, all run by the villainous No. 2, who seeks to break the independent No. 6’s will and make him conform to The Village’s hidden agenda.

It could have been written about President Obama and the modern liberal agenda. (Remember, “it takes a village”?)

The Village itself is a social pretense, full of committees, councils, shops and activities to keep the inhabitants occupied. They even have elections, credit cards and their own media.

It’s all just a veneer to convince the prisoners that they are actually free within their own little society while the real powers work to control them behind the scenes. The villagers’ freedom only extends as far as No. 2 allows. The ongoing quest of No. 6 is to free himself and to find out the identity of No. 1, the person who presumably truly controls The Village.

No. 2 is very open about his schemes, often chatting amiably with No. 6 about the dastardly plans he has, as if mind control and driving people mad were just pleasant hobbies in light of the larger picture, which is globalization and unification of all political parties under one banner. You can almost picture Obama as No. 2:

<b>No. 2:</b> I am definitely an optimist. That’s why it doesn’t matter who No. 1 is, it doesn’t matter which side runs The Village.

<b>No. 6:</b> It’s run by one side or the other.

<b>No. 2:</b> Oh certainly, but both sides are becoming identical. What in fact has been created? An international community. A perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other realize they are looking in a mirror, they will realize that this is the pattern of the future.

<b>No. 6:</b> The whole Earth, as The Village?

<b>No. 2:</b> That is my hope. What’s yours?

<b>No.6:</b> I’d like to be the first man on the moon.

The scene encapsulates our modern political situation. Supposedly separate political parties more and more often seem to be in the service of an overarching plan.

For those who dare to look, that plan has a name — it is Agenda 21, and it’s available right on the U.N.’s website for the whole world to see, out in the open like No. 2’s schemes.

Not that most people are paying attention. Take for example, Obama’s recent signing of an executive order giving himself authority to invoke martial law outside of a national military emergency. It’s a stunning piece of groundwork, laid in preparation for … what? And yet from the media and liberals in general it barely elicits a yawn.

The move toward a global government has been slow yet persistent precisely so people don’t feel compelled to interfere. It’s like the old story about cooking a frog — if you just drop a frog into hot water, it will jump out, but if you put it in cold water and slowly raise the heat, the frog will be dead before it realizes what’s happening.

Agenda 21 has progressed by inches toward the goals of eliminating private property, taking over large swaths of public lands, concentrating the population in cities, controlling the food supply, indoctrinating children, reducing the population and generally making everyone more dependent on increasingly socialist government. Every environmental order, every roadblock to energy independence, every “hate crime” or anti-speech law — it all becomes a piece of the larger tapestry of oppression.

Tad Cronn is the editor in chief of The Patriots Almanac and the author of the e-book Radical Reboot: How to Fix Capitalism (and Save the World).