The 1970s and 1980s were a time of extreme tension between to major world powers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Two ideologies clashing head on: capitalism and communism. The free market and by extension, the free people of America, were being challenged by the Russians, the epitome of government control and corruption, all at the expense of their people’s well-being. Rebellious teens, not understanding the fire they were playing with, would read Karl Marx, and applaud his concepts. These were the “Hippy” days, when young adults preached free love and whispered about creating a global consciousness. These sound wonderful on the surface, but high above, the puppeteer’s strings were hidden in the clouds.

March 22, 1980. A regular Saturday in Georgia, the weather a beautiful fifty-three degrees. This is the day that the Guidestones are erected. An American Stonehenge-like granite structure erected by a mysterious, anonymous group of self-styled “loyal Americans.” On the stones, carved in eight different languages, is a message bundled with a granite structure carved with astronomically significant features. A series of commandments or recommendations (depending on who you ask), that will supposedly guide the world into a new Age of Reason. Or perhaps they are a path straight to hell.

  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

On its face, these tenets don’t seem wholly unreasonable. Some are indisputably beneficial. Avoid petty laws and useless officials. Prize truth. Some of the other tenets raise alarm bells. The tenets are meant to guide mankind into a new Age of Reason, yet the tenets themselves reveal a bias toward a distinctly collectivist, globalist mindset; not unlike the popular teachings of the not-yet defunct Soviet Union.

The first tenet tells humanity to keep it’s numbers under 500,000,000 souls, to stay in “perpetual balance” with nature. How did they arrive at this number? These anonymous, “Loyal Americans” have chosen for their primary tenet the near annihilation of the human race. 8,000,000,000 down to 500,000,000, or 15/16ths of all human souls on the Earth dead to achieve perpetual balance with nature. A population this low has not been seen since the 16th Century AD. Some say the Guidestones were erected with the expectation that the Cold War would culminate in a nuclear holocaust, but others believe the globalists behind the project aim for something far more concentrated, drastic, and evil to reduce our numbers.

This is evident with the reading of the second tenet. Guiding reproductivity, improving fitness and diversity. These are the rally-cries of extremists. The famous film, Gattaca, tackles the idea of Eugenics how slippery of a slope guided reproduction can be in terms of stripping Americans of their freedoms. 20th century America once used eugenics, going so far as sterilizing the supposedly mentally ill, and the handicapped. Hitler took the idea a bit further, exterminating those races he deemed inferior.

In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that forced sterilization of the handicapped does not violate the U.S. Constitution. In the words of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, “…three generations of imbeciles are enough.”In 1942, the ruling was overturned, but not before thousands of people underwent the procedure.”

The remaining tenets are a bland mix of globalist propaganda and social platitudes somehow meant to wisen and guide the American populace. The celestial features of the stone, which be read in detail here, coupled with the appearance of inscriptions in ancient, dead languages, seems to be an homage to other stone monuments that have stood the test of time, like Stonehenge of Neolithic England, and the Rosetta Stone of Hellenistic Egypt. Some theorists speculate that the inclusions of ancient tongues points toward a more sinister purpose including the invocation of dark magic, or a message to ancient alien races; but this is only speculation. There is no way to confirm these theories, as the erectors of the Guidestones worked hard to maintain their anonymity.

The Guidestones were commissioned by a man working under a pseudonym, Robert C. Christian, who claimed he represented a “small group of loyal Americans.” Disinclined by Mr. Christian’s odd request, Joe Fendley of Elberton Granite charged the man a great deal more than he thought reasonable in an attempt to dissuade him from carrying out his plan. Robert C. Christian produced the funds regardless; even buying the five acre plot of land on which the stones sit. Nobody took the old, well-dressed man seriously until he met with a banker in town, (who he forced to sign confidentiality agreements in regards to his true identity) and the money began to flow in from every corner of the country, through a multitude of anonymous accounts.

Once the transaction was complete, and the plans set, nobody saw Robert C. Christian ever again. Upon completion of the project, he turned over ownership of the land to the county, confident that civic pride would preserve his secret society’s message to mankind. The construction caused an uproar of dissent in the pious state of Georgia, and drew anger and speculation from near and far. Are the Georgia Guidestones an outdated message to a post-apocalyptic America, or a sinister monument seeking a globalist, collectivist America, doused in occultism? We will likely never know.

Since their completion, not much has happened with the stones. No late-night meetings of secret societies, no alien visitations; just the stones. They’ve been defaced several times since their erection. One incident in 2008 left the message “Death to the New World Order” spray-painted on the stones. Other traces of paints or attempts at marking the stones have been seen, including one person documenting what he speculates may be blood on the top of the monolith. This would play into theories that the site was designed to be a ritualistic monument for human or animal sacrifice; to what deity, nobody can say.