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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".


I'm not sure what the inclusion of Swahili tells us, but the inclusion of Hebrew suggests to conspiracy theorists that a Zionist New World Order is responsible for the Guidestones. This, of course, presumes the existence of a Zionist New World Order conspiracy, and it presumes that such a conspiracy would be usefully served by the erection of a random granite monument in the middle of nowhere in Georgia. Both presumptions strain credibility.
Brian Dunning, Skeptoid[1]

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]

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000[note 1] 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.

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Some conspiracy theorists (namely Alex Jones, who covers it in his movies) and miscellaneous religious folk have demanded that the Guidestones be taken down, claiming that they are the blueprints for the New World Order. Because helping to cover up the warning of the impending NWO takeover will certainly stop the NWO (?).

Van Smith is a computer benchmarking expert, computer industry analyst and physicist the real-life equivalent to Robert Stark, by the sound of it. Smith 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.[2]

Similarly, conservative Christian conspiracy theorist Mark Dice mentioned the Georgia Guidestones in his 2005 book The Resistance Manifesto and argue for their destruction. He believes the Rosicrucian society — an alleged European "Satanic" Gnostic society originating in the 1600s — were responsible for the Georgia Guidestones, and that their aims were to leak these Satanic ideas written on the Guidestones into mainstream society.[3] Dice also claims that the "author" of the Georgia Guidestones text has openly admitted to being a representative of the New World Order.[4]

The main source of contention is with the first guiding thought. While most people at 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. Because it's not likelier that the number chosen is just arbitrary — you know, like in much poetry and on much random art? Because it's far more likely that the entire monument is just one big, intentional surface-to-crank information missile, sent straight from the puppet masters.

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 thingsWikipedia, 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".[5][6]

Assuming mouth-frothing InfoWars readers don't take matters into their own hands and go to town on the Guidestones with the monument-smashing fervency of ISIS, 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.


  1. less than 10% of the current world population.