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The Georgia Guidestones are a stone monument created in 1980 in Elberton, Georgia. It consists of four astronomically aligned granite slabs, surrounding a central column, which is topped by a capstone. Written on the four slabs are ten "guiding thoughts" left by the monument's anonymous sponsors, who refer to themselves only as "a small group of Americans who seek the age of reason".
On each side of each of the four vertical slabs is an inscription of the ten "thoughts" in a different language, for a total of eight translations. Clockwise, from the northern stone, the languages are English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
The "guiding thoughts" are as follows:
- 1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- 2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
- 3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
- 4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
- 5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- 6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- 7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- 8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
- 9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
- 10. Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.
 Conspiracy theories
Some conspiracy theorists (namely Alex Jones) and religious folk have demanded that the Guidestones be taken down, claiming that they are the blueprints for the New World Order. Van Smith is a computer benchmarking expert, computer industry analyst and physicist who is also an Arkansas Christian convinced that the Guidestones express totalitarian messages and intentionally foreshadow the arrival of the Islamic Mahdi as an Antichrist figure. He also believes the Georgia Guidestones are linked through encoded numerological information to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, which he views as a new Tower of Babel. Another Conservative Christian conspiracy theorist Mark Dice mentioned the Georgia Guidestones in his 2005 book The Resistance Manifesto and argues for its destruction. He believes the Rosicrucian society, a European "Satanic" Gnostic society originating in the 1600s are responsible for the Georgia Guidestones and that their aims were to leak these Satanic ideas written on the Guidestones into mainstream society. The very fact that the Guidestones are located on private property means they probably won't be destroyed in accordance to the demands of any crazy conspiracy theorists any time soon.
The main source of contention is with the first guiding thought. While most people with a fourth grade reading level know the word "maintain" doesn't mean the same as "cull," the NWO faithful claim it's a sure sign of their intent to kill 80 percent of the world's population. Most level-headed researchers of the Guidestones believe they are intended for after an apocalyptic event, where the world population will be much under 500,000.
The true identity of "R.C. Christiansen," the anonymous head of the supposed like-minded individuals, has never been revealed, and is purported to only be known by the owner of the quarry where the granite was taken from and built, and the banker who made the transaction. Many point that it's most likely a rich Georgian who's into New Age-type things, but we may never know.
In 2008, the Guidestones were vandalized by conspiracy theorists, who splattered it with polyurethane and painted on messages that read, among other things, "Jesus Will Prevail", "9/11 Inside Job", "Obama Iz [sic] a Muslim", "Fuck the NWO", "Skull and Bones Sucs [sic] Dick" and "The Elite Want 80% of Us Dead".
- ↑ less than 10% of the current world population
- ↑ http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4198
- ↑ Researcher Van Smith Exposes New Data on "America's Stonehenge," and Its Relevance to Current Worldwide Activities and Waiting for the End of the World: Georgia's 30-year Stone Mystery and A Georgia Guidestones Update
- ↑ http://voices.yahoo.com/the-guidestones-georgia-conspiracy-theories-abound-1415291.html
- ↑ Sullivan, Randall. "American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse." Wired, April 20, 2009.
- ↑ http://www.prisonplanet.com/georgia-guidestones-vandalized.html
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzARcrxKT4A