Open letter to Curtis Sliwa and all New Yorkers: fight tyranny or stay down on your knees and suffer the destruction of the greatest city in the world

by Jon Rappoport

July 28, 2021

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You’re Curtis Sliwa.

You’re the head of the Guardian Angels, the group you founded in 1979. Unarmed, you and your people made citizens’ arrests of scores of criminals in New York.

In 1992, you got into a cab in Manhattan, and two mob thugs shot you five times. You escaped. You survived.

Insufficient courage is not a problem you have.

Now you’re running for the office of Mayor of New York. You’ve got nothing more than a desperate puncher’s chance.

Unless you and most of New York wake up to what’s happening to the City, the City is doomed. It’s going to turn into a desolate hulk, a garbage dump of crime and poverty.

I was born in New York. I lived there long enough to know what a great city is all about. That was 60 years ago. Those people are gone.

Now there is a COVID war. I’m talking about the masks and distancing and lockdowns and the massive destruction of businesses and now the expanding vaccine mandate. The people of the City have gone down on their knees to De Blasio and Cuomo and the public health predators.

The bottom line is, Curtis, people either come out into the streets by the hundreds of thousands and say ENOUGH, or the whole show—the whole City—is over.

Beyond a certain point, no matter what you believe this pandemic is or isn’t, you and the rest of New York have to live your lives out in the open, come hell or high water.

NO perceived threat justifies the imprisonment that has been put on the citizens of the City.

You have to see this, Curtis, and you have to go directly to the people and challenge them. Live, or fold up and die.

You have the courage, Curtis. The question is, do you see what’s there in front of you, what’s been there in front of you for the past year?

You have to know there was a time when the people would have shaken off the COVID restrictions and the vaccine mandate like a bad dream and gone about their business. New York would never have bowed down in fear before political tyrants, with barely a whimper.

Now they have. Now many of them are proud of their self-styled sacrifice. They worship the government as if it were a god who is going to keep bailing them out. This is their delusion.

You have to be the revolutionary you once were, Curtis, when you and your people boarded subway trains late at night and defended citizens against criminals because the cops couldn’t or wouldn’t.

The stakes are much bigger this time. Basic freedom. Survival. But you have to SEE that. You can’t pretend the dragon of fascist control isn’t there.


I don’t know, Curtis. Maybe you’re over the hill. Maybe you’ve become politically institutionalized. I hope to heaven that’s not true. It’s time to land the desperate punch. If you can. If you will.

Remember the old days, when you had half the City in your hand? You, a private citizen, with no big-time official backing? You saw who the bad guys were, you saw they were going free, and you and your friends busted them. Who the hell else in New York would have done that?

Do you still have the electricity?

Rain, snow, floods, wind, crime; people live and go on. COVID is no different, no matter what the bought-off experts say. This is what I’m telling you, Curtis. New York is under a spell. It’s under de facto martial law. It’s in prison and the threat of prison. This isn’t science, it’s tyranny.

There’s plenty of science to show the fascist regulations have been harming and killing far more people than a supposed virus.

You’re 67 now, Curtis. You’re in the ring up against a machine fighter. Puncher’s chance. If your mind’s been twisted, and somehow you think the political bureaucracy of New York can be tuned up to do good, the machine fighter in the ring HAS the bureaucracy in his CORNER. Take a look. Can you see it?

The odds of you winning the race for Mayor are ten thousand to one against. So why not go into a crouch, pick your spot, and swing from the heels? Do it in front of the crowd, so they can see courage one more time. You never know.

Moments have ripples.

Things are never exactly what they seem to be. The book is not completely closed.

Out of the dark walks a puncher who throws caution to the winds. That’s you, Curtis. It has to be.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

34 comments on “Open letter to Curtis Sliwa and all New Yorkers: fight tyranny or stay down on your knees and suffer the destruction of the greatest city in the world

  1. ReluctantWarrior says:

    “ANDRÉ: . . . And when I was at Findhorn I met this extraordinary English tree expert who had devoted himself to saving trees, and he’d just got back from Washington lobbying to save the Redwoods. And he was eighty-four years old, and he always travels with a backpack because he never knows where he’s going to be tomorrow. And when I met him at Findhorn he said to me, “Where are you from?” And I said, “New York.” And he said, “Ah, New York, yes, that’s a very interesting place. Do you know a lot of New Yorkers who keep talking about the fact that they want to leave, but never do?” And I said, “Oh, yes.” And he said, “Why do you think they don’t leave?” And I gave him different banal theories. And he said, “Oh, I don’t think it’s that way at all.” He said, “I think that New York is the new model for the new concentration camp, where the camp has been built by the inmates themselves, and the inmates are the guards, and they have this pride in this thing that they’ve built—they’ve built their own prison—and so they exist in a state of schizophrenia where they are both guards and prisoners. And as a result they no longer have—having been lobotomized—the capacity to leave the prison they’ve made or even to see it as a prison.” And then he went into his pocket, and he took out a seed for a tree, and he said, “This is a pine tree.” And he put it in my hand. And he said, “Escape before it’s too late.”
    ― Wallace Shawn, My Dinner With André

    • great story – wise people are often hard to find.

    • Patricia Rizzo says:

      This is a wonderful parable for these times. How did so many people miss the lessons instilled in their childhoods? Like ‘The Three Little Pigs?’ A house of straw gives nothing more than a false sense of security.

      • David C. says:

        When I was a child I couldn’t stop thinking about the Emperor’s New Clothes. Why was there only one person there, a child, who said what everyone could see but nobody would say?

        Now, after reading many books and seeing what’s happening now in the world, I realize that it’s fear that keeps people silent. Fear and lies rule the world. And people lie to themselves and others to avoid truth. Truthfulness in all relations can be a force that overcomes this evil now taking over the globe by the forces of evil who rule with their lies.

    • sid says:

      Thanks for the reminder, it’s a brilliant film, funny and poignant.

      The first time I saw it — in a theater in NYC — the monologue you quoted elicited applause.

      Go figure.

  2. Greg C. says:

    One science to rule them all – that is what we are up against. It’s not mistaken science, it’s gang science. We need to elect gangbusters!

    • Haniel Adhar says:

      I’m watching Return of the King now, and that was exactly what I was thinking.

      “Science is your god. A perverted science”

    • Jim says:

      Curtis Sliwa et al DID NOT step up when NYC was savaged and ravaged by (paid) fear-mongers. NOT. ONE. PERSON. Add that NYC quit being “great” decades ago with most of the polluted politicians receiving their wealth via vote fraud and ballot tampering. Examples of this trickery are Cuomo, de Blasio, Gillibrand, AOC and others who are widely despised by NYC citizenry.

  3. Brad says:

    Great ‘coach’s rant.’ As one astute observer opined, ‘those with their heads in the sand have a peculiar posture. They are on their knees with their hind quarters unprotected and high in the air.’ This is the posture of the vast numbers of the non questioning programmed and programmables.

  4. Opie Poik says:

    Yes, come out into the streets, as Londoners have:

    Gareth Icke Speech At London Freedom Rally – July 24th 2021

    Let ’em know “they can’t put the creeping death upon ya”: – and
    “Put them into shock”.

  5. H. Skip Robinson says:

    Keep up the great work Jon and thanks for helping spread the truth.

  6. Paul says:

    Thanx Coach.
    ~ Crouching Tyger Curtis, at the NY plate, within Bronx-Yankee baseball diamond.

  7. Mmor says:

    Well said Jon….let’s go Curtis

  8. Donna says:

    Have you watched any of Gerald Celente’s freedom and peace rallies? He wrote a song about the Covid Blues. He’s the editor of the Trends Journal. He’s from New York and he’s got some words to say about the Mayor of NYC as well as the governor of New York.

    When my dad got his orders to transfer to England back in the late 50s, we took an ocean liner out of New York and passed by the Statue of Liberty. My aunt and uncle lived in the western part of the state. It was an interesting state; although, I’ve never lived there.

    Tyranny doesn’t happen unless the majority of the people want it to happen. Now, the CDC is recommending everybody mask up indoors including those who have been given the shot. A recommendation is not a law. Compliance is the first step to giving up freedom no matter what the situation.

  9. FE says:

    Remember Occupy Wall Street? It takes more than weeks, hundreds of thousands of living, non-zombie people, as zombified by the Tv COVID-19 maniacs. If not New Yorkers, who?

    I visited NY only a couple of times. It is worth saving, for the people in it, who want to see Washington Square clean, tidy, beautiful…

  10. Eluard says:


    Yeah, New York. It was my city too. Maybe it’s just how change works but I felt it change mercury-quick after 9-11. Cameras went up everywhere. The edge of the city was turned towards the denizens. Things wilted. It started to lose its charm. I drfted…

    Curtis has been a radio guy for a long time, that’s been his career. WABC in the city. I listened to him sometimes because he has that spunk and mainly because he’s very funny–knows all the old phrases, the NY lingo, that melted sandwich of bits of this and that. (He did buy the basic covid “package,” if you will. I know that.)

    But having a regular job, especially where you have to play fairly nice on the radio, can tame you. Wolf at the door kind of thing (Gaugin). Plus he’s been through cancer, the shootings, divorces, etc. But–he doesn’t lack for passion. I could still detect that. If anyone could muster the strength and balls to attempt what you exhort herein, it’d be him.

    Yet — Who will be listening?

  11. Deb says:

    I can’t thank you enough for your brave observations, warriors have to hear..

  12. Martin says:

    Jon I think you speak to the world, not just Curtis.

  13. Victoria Bingham says:

    I was also born in New York city and lived there when Curtis Sliwa and his gang of angels was transforming the underground into a place that was hazardous into a safe haven for all visitors.

    I was there when David Wilkerson came to town and totally transformed Times Square. David would fall on his knees on 42nd Street, and pray for the area and the City.. He would witness to The pimps and the prostitutes letting God change them as dramatically as he changed the city.

    Those of us who were driving taxis in those days witnessed the amazing and total transformation that only prayer and the power of God could ever have wrought. (People like to give the credit to Giuliani, but it was David Wilkerson and his praying Church that not only turned Times Square from a nightmare to a gorgeous spectacle of glass and neon lights- to where the whole world beat to path,.. the entire city changed in the process!

    Later when I was sent active duty to Washington DC someone remarked to me about the difference between the cities.. “Washingtonians are ‘mean’, but they’re not tough,.. New Yorkers are tough but they’re not mean.” The time has come to see if that can be true again.. that New Yorkers are tough.

    Yes it will take the leadership of someone like a Curtis Sliwa to engage them, but it cannot be done alone. The whole City and the nation need to rise up in concern and cooperation to make the difference.. to eradicate the rats that took over and led the people into captivity.

    Just like in the 1980s it will also take a praying Nation and a praying Church. David Wilkerson is gone and unfortunately Times Square Church closed in 2020, capitulating to the money Masters, but that’s not to say that new leadership can’t rise up.

    Jon astutely observed that Curtis could be the man if he has not become institutionalized. Let’s pray that’s not the case. I’ll be praying and watching to see if New York can rise from the ashes once again.. and set an example for the rest of the nation.

  14. Linda Becker says:

    Jon, your blog yesterday about the mother with the autistic son and now today’s blog are two of the very best I’ve read from you. I’ve followed you for around 3-years. The writings from yesterday and today have moved me almost to tears. I’ve been pushing back against the jab agenda for many years now and the proliferation of EMF structures since 2012. We are making headway and it takes a huge amount of energy to continue trying to get people awake and aware. But, at my age (67) I figure what else is more important than this: nothing!

  15. Tim says:

    If we were dependent on externals and/or others to *give* or *allow* us freedom we’d be screwed. (then; the Matrix has you…). And it would be a denial/forgetting of what IS, and what I/We/Us IS.

  16. yonnik says:

    Hell yes! From Albany NY.

  17. Roundball Shaman says:

    “I was born in New York. I lived there long enough to know what a great city is all about. That was 60 years ago. Those people are gone.”

    A big shame of this current age is that younger people have no idea what great places big cities used to be. Before the urban decay. Before the entrenched political rot. Before the sad social decay. Before the regular looting of stores. Before the deliberate de-industrialization of America which cut out the heart and finances and futures of generations of Americans yet to be born when factories and big industries were housed in the Great Cities. Before the off-loading of the American Dream to places with slave-wage labor pools. Before the destruction of the Great American Middle Class. Before Wokester Politics because the mandated social contract in big cities and small.

    When little kids could ride busses and trains and the ‘L’ around the city without fear of crime and molestation. When people would look forward to spending ‘A Day Downtown’ which meant doing some great shopping and having a nice lunch and catching a museum or a day baseball game and coming back tired from walking with arms full of packages and hearts filled with great times.

    When cities were not places to be avoided or places where you were price gouged every time you turned around for everything you did. When you might be greeted with a smile or two from a busy worker or shopper or commuter who was hustling to their next stop.

    When people weren’t being accused of being a terrible health threat to humanity because they walked around the city with faces free from prison cloths and minds free from mental tyranny and probing, suspicious eyes ready to report you to bureaucratic thugs for committing some slight affront to the laws and decrees and ordinances and social expectations of today’s many czars. Where you would be treated with basic human respect.

    Big cities were far from perfect. But they were… magnificent with their flaws. It was a special time to experience a big slice of American life that we didn’t realize at the time was already on life support and targeted for final destruction.

    They say that if you never experienced something then you can’t or won’t miss it. But that would be wrong. Everyone born after the Age of the Great American Big City IS MISSING SOMETHING SPECIAL. Whether you know and feel it or not.

    In many ways, the death of the Big City represents a much larger death. The question now is… is there any way this Patient can ever be revived?

    “The stakes are much bigger this time. Basic freedom. Survival.”

    The great Groucho Marx was once in a scene with a woman he was trying to protect from some kind of harm or bother. While doing so, he muttered… “I’m fighting for YOUR HONOR – which is MORE THAN YOU EVER DID.”

    You get the feeling today that a few courageous Groucho-like voices are fighting for the soul of America to prevail and live on in the face of grave danger. And those courageous voices are doing so because THAT’S MORE THAN MOST AMERICANS EVER DID.

  18. Will says:

    Good if he can mobilize the people.

    But ..

    .. voting machines.

  19. Marie says:

    I was born in NYC in 1954. Lived there for many long years. East Village when it wasn’t sexy. Ask yourself why Sliwa got all the publicity back then. All the attention. A talk show with his ex-wife Lisa in the 90’s . How. He was useful. He was kicking bums out of the subway. Heroic. He was a media pin-up boy. Real anti hero. Also if I remember correctly, and if I don’t you can look it up, he was kicked out of a Jesuit school. Key. A real rebel, that one. So is he going solo or is this idiot suddenly useful. Why is he suddenly reanimated?

    • Low Voltage says:

      Exposure costs money. How many people have ever heard of Jon Rappaport? He’s one of the greatest men in the nation.

      • Marie says:

        I share Jon’s work with loads of people. He’s the best. This NYC race will be a selection rather than election if the current pattern persists.

  20. J.barlow says:

    “The welfare of the people…has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.” — Albert Camus

    Life is for living, better to live one day as a lion than a 1000 as a masked sheeple under tyranny.

  21. hyden says:

    Start spreading the news
    I’m leaving today
    I want to be a part of it
    New York, New York
    These vagabond shoes
    They are longing to stray
    Right through the very heart of it
    New York, New York
    I want to wake up in a city
    That never sleeps
    And find I’m king of the hill
    Top of the heap
    These small town blues
    They are melting away
    I’ll make a brand new start of it
    In old New York
    If I can make it there
    I’ll make it anywhere
    It’s up to you
    New York, New York
    New York, New York
    I want to wake up in a city
    That doesn’t sleep
    And find that I’m number one
    Top of the list
    Head of the heap
    King of the hill
    These little town blues
    They’ve all melted away
    I’m gonna make a brand new start of it
    In old New York
    If I can make it there
    I’ll make it practically anywhere
    It’s up to you
    New York, New York
    New York

    My parent droves trucks through America as job about 20 years ago, when exchange rate was good.
    They by accident, took the wrong turn and nearly ended up in central New York, A place big trucks cannot go. Lucky a nice local new Yorker told them to follow him and he will get them out.
    My mum said a lot of people were rushing like rats not letting them get through.
    City life not really for me. rush rush rush and just concrete everywhere.

    One day all this will crumble…

    maybe not in our life time, but it will happen.

    • hyden says:

      If it does,
      hopefully the people of New York work together,
      to grow their own, Maybe some of those old buildings not in use could be converted into Greenhouses,
      as food inflation increases…”By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
      especially when dealing with earths cycles.

  22. Larry C says:

    Another thing about lockdowns in NYC, or any other urban complex, is that lockdowns replace the *physical* gathering place – referred to by the ancient Greeks as The Agora – with an electronically sanitized, pale/digital facsimile of same…which of course is no substitute at all.

    In this ethereal agora, we are constantly exhorted via all forms of Corporate Media to hang in there (Just Two More Weeks!), and reminded that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER which of course is pure bullshit…there AIN’T NUTHIN’ like the communication of face-to-face, toes-to-toes, belly-to-belly contact found in the physical agora-marketplace, and our would-be masters understand this full well.

    Rather than acquiesce to the demands of an Official Narrative the time has come for us to write our own story…and what better place to begin, than getting together – SANS MASKS – on the patio of a favorite gathering place down at the Agora, on a lovely summer’s evening?

  23. Jim S Smith says:


    Wanna really clean up New York?

    Exorcise all the banksters! After all, it was the beginnings of “modern banking” and the rise of the banking and financier class who helped destroy the livability of New York City. Not to mention the UNITED NATIONS is headquartered there, all on donated land from the Rockefellers.

    The Stock Markets, Bond Markets, and all other speculation and futures markets are their darling creations and shell games.

    Dump them all, and go back to a localized, honest-money system. This would be a huge start in the right direction, corrupt politicians and all.

  24. brooks O'Bryant says:

    i am a former new yoorker and yes curtis sliwa… i remember him well and was very impressed with what he did in ny way back when. Yes this is what we need…everyone to stand up and say no we wont comply with our self annihilation!! yes curtis are you stil with us?

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