The Georgia Guidestones and Their Demise

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For more than 40 years, a strange, Stonehenge-like monument with a mysterious creator stood in a field in rural Georgia. It was inscribed with instructions for humanity. On July 6, 2022, someone destroyed them with an explosive. In this episode, we talk about the Guidestones, their creator and some of the strange theories about them. Then we play the quick quiz with Mindreader and Author, Jonathan Pritchard!

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In the state of Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp will be running to keep his seat. But there were a whole host of extreme right wing candidates running against him. Some of them were REAL extreme. This is a political ad from one of those candidates, Kandiss Taylor.

At the end of the ad, text appears on the screen saying “Executive Order Number 10: Destroy the Georgia Guidestones.” Yes. This woman is unhinged. Let’s go back to 43 years ago.

In 1979, a man named Robert C. Christian went to the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and asked about the construction of a monument. Robert C. Christian wasn’t his real name. No one has ever come forward with his real identity and only one man supposedly knows it – the banker who the man met with to hold the money for the job and help guide its construction after the mystery man left. That man is still alive, but won’t reveal the name. Robert C. Christian did reveal that his group lived outside of Georgia. Online sleuths have traced the true identity of Robert C. Christian to a man from Fort Dodge Iowa, Herbert Kersten. Joe Fendley, the President of the Granite company, said the man was neatly dressed and wanted to erect the statue on behalf of a “small group of loyal Americans who believe in God.” He explained it was meant to be a monument to the conservation of mankind. He presented a model of what he wanted it to look like, along with 10 pages of instructions – something based off of Stonehenge, but unlike Stonehenge, the man said, this would have a message. They had been planning it for 20 years.  He wanted it to be a series of upright large stones. It was a project so large, the granite had to come from a quarry outside the county. Fendley, the monument company man, quoted a huge price – he’s never said exactly how much, but he said it was more than $100,000. He saw the man as a religious nut and didn’t want to do the work. The quote was several times more than anything the company had ever charged for a monument and Fendley was surprised when the man agreed to pay the price no questions asked. So they agreed.

This mystery man – Robert C. Christian – purchased a 5 acre plot of land at the highest part of Elbert County Georgia for the location of the monument, it was on the farm of Wayne and Mildred Mullenix. Judging by the price he paid the monument company, he likely compensated the couple well for a piece of land on their farm.

The statue was unveiled on March 22, 1980. Here’s what the final product looked like. 6 tall, granite slabs of stone, each one 19’ 3” tall and weighing more than 237,000 lbs. On the stones were inscriptions in 8 different languages: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, and Russian. The text inscribed was meant to be a guide for humans to continue rebuilding and restructuring society after a nuclear war. Apparently this man had expressed that he saw on the horizon an upcoming social, economic or nuclear calamity.

The inscriptions listed out 10 steps. They 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.

Now if you’re not really listening that closely, you might hear some of those and think, “that doesn’t sound all that bad.” Don’t be a cancer on the Earth? Leave room for nature? Those are great things to put on a monument. But let’s revisit those first couple: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.” That, my friends, is what’s known as Eugenics. It’s a horrible science to build a population of people based on the ideals of whatever group is currently in power. It’s most commonly associated with the Nazi party, but has had supporters in many nations and is antithetical to the concept of human rights for all. So in that way, the guidestones were horrible. But not satanic as claimed by some people – including the politician whose ad I played at the top of the episode. If Herbert Kersten was indeed the actual identity of Robert C. Christian – and the evidence looks pretty solid – he was a Christian Medical Doctor and was well known for promoting conservation efforts, birth control and abortion. He wasn’t any sort of Satanist Illuminati.

A few yards West from the stones, there’s a large flat stone level with the ground that acts as a sort of guidestone to the Guidestones. It has a statement, “Let these be guidestones to reason” and translates that into Babylonian Cuneiform, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics. There have always been rumors of a buried time capsule 6 feet below this marker stone.

The way the guidestones were constructed also acts as an astronomical calendar. The four outer stones were oriented to mark the limits of the lunar declination cycle. The center stone featured a hole drilled at an angle that’s just right so you could look through it to see the North Star one night. And it had a slot carved through it which was aligned with the Sun’s solstices and equinoxes.

The Georgia Guidestones became a tourist attraction and local oddity in 1980 and remained relatively unharmed, other than a few graffiti incidents here and there. But the week I’m recording this – on July 6th – the life of the monument came to a suspicious end.

On Wednesday, July 6 of 2022, residents of Elberton, GA woke up to see the guidestones had been partially destroyed.

We can assume that the many conspiracy theorists who claimed the stones were a Satanic temple were excited to hear the news. Kandiss Taylor – the politician who made destroying the Guidestones part of her political plan in her run for Governor had to be thrilled (she had the full support of Mike Lindell, the my pillow guy, by the way). She once said on social media “I am the ONLY candidate bold enough to stand up to the Luciferian Cabal.” Also Marjorie Taylor Greene – the congresswoman from Georgia’s 14th district once described the Guidestones on Facebook as revealing a world genocide plot. But this is the lady that said the California wild fires were caused by Jewish Space Lasers, so I guess we’re lucky she didn’t get all anti-semitic with the Guidestones theory. And as far as world genocide, I guess I kinda see where she’s coming from. It’s right there on the first of the ten ordered instructions for rebuilding humanity – number one: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” There are 7.7 Billion people in the world. So I get it, but what Marjorie doesn’t understand apparently, is that humanity doesn’t create worldwide laws according to a weird roadside attraction in Georgia.

SOMEBODY blew up the stones – and we can probably assume that the demise of the guidestones likely had something to do with the many rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding them. The attraction had a security camera that caught the explosion. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the video to the public and you can see someone in dark clothes sprinting into the frame, leaving the explosive device and then sprinting away before the explosion knocks down one of the large upright slabs and part of the top stone.

Several hours later, authorities knocked down the remaining stones for safety. The entire monument was gone. Part of the construction that was done on the site to clean it up was to dig under the marker stone for the time capsule. Nothing was found.

At the point of this recording, we still don’t know who blew up the Georgia Guidestones. If it ends up being some conservative blowing them up because they were thought to be satanic, I’d be foolish not to point out the hypocrisy of complaining about a monument and having it removed. Where are all the “they’re destroying our history people,” right? Maybe it was just a bunch of kids with a gun and some tannerite explosives. Or maybe it had something to do with a politician who promised to make it a central tenet of their campaign to destroy the stones. Who knows? Wendy Rogers in Arizona (that’s right – this is a nationwide issue, not just a Georgia issue) said, “The Georgia Guidestones are evil and Satanic. I am glad to see authorities tearing it down. We only support and worship the one true God, not an imposter and the Father of all lies.” By the way, Kandiss Taylor put out a very defensive video statement about the destruction giving credit to God. Because one of the initial theories before the video emerged was that the stones were destroyed by lightning. Here’s that video.

 I have another theory. I don’t think it was lightning or conspiracy theorists. I think it was Aliens! And I have some proof to back that up. Kandiss Taylor tweeted these words on Wednesday: “We are being invaded!”

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