Georgia’s Republican primary for governor has revolved around Donald Trump’s attempts to oust Gov. Brian Kemp (R) over Kemp’s refusal to break election laws following the 2020 election. But last week, third-place contender Kandiss Taylor has tried to inject her own problem into the race, introducing a plan to blow up four giant granite tablets in northeast Georgia, which she sees as symbols of Satan worship.
On May 2, Taylor unveiled a draft executive order relating to the Georgia Guidestones, a set of huge boulders in the town of Elberton. Taylor’s proposed order is simple: “Tear down the Georgia Guidestones.”
“The New World Order is here, and they told us it was coming,” Taylor said in a video showing her standing in front of the tablets she describes as symbols of human sacrifice. “It’s a battle.”
For most people who aren’t steeped in the online lore that surrounds them, the Guidestones might seem like just a tourist trap two hours northeast of Atlanta. Erected in 1979, the true origins and purposes of the 19-foot-tall Guidestones are unclear. Based on the messages on the Guidestones and their design, however, those involved in building the stones said they were meant to help a human remnant rebuild in the aftermath of a nuclear war.
Either way, the Guidestones are probably safe for now. Despite endorsements from Trump allies like MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and pro-QAnon lawyer Lin Wood, Taylor is polling a distant third in the gubernatorial race behind Kemp and Trump’s pick, former Sen. David Lost. Taylor only received 4% in a recent poll. But his proposed executive order highlights growing far-right hostility towards the Guidestones, who have taken on outsized prominence among conservative conspiracy theorists as a symbol of an infamous plot to kill 95% of the population. world.
“I am the ONLY candidate bold enough to stand up to the Luciferian cabal,” Taylor wrote on social media app Telegram after posting her video.
The stones are inscribed with what are described as rules to bring in “an age of reason”, including innocuous warnings like “Leave room for nature”. The Guidestones were arranged in an elaborate sundial-like configuration to help surviving humans redirect the species’ calendar, with one focusing on the Pole Star and the other revealing when the sun is at noon.
But the Guidestones’ main suggestion for surviving in a post-apocalyptic world has turned the site into a hub for conspiracy theorists’ attention: “Keep humanity below 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”
This suggestion might not sound so grim if you think that after a nuclear swap the world population would be well below 500 million. But for conspiracy theorists, this commandment has become evidence of a plan by the global elites to kill most of the world’s current population. Those who want the tablets removed have also pointed to other rules on the monument, including a call for a world tribunal and managed human reproduction, as further evidence that the Guidestones represent a plot to control humanity.
Ideas about the methods and culprits of this depopulation have shifted since 1979, from the Illuminati to the New World Order to the whole of Davos. In 2014, conspiracy theorists cited the Guidestones as evidence that the Ebola outbreak would kill much of humanity. In a 2018 Facebook post, future Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) endorsed the idea that the Guidestones exposed a global genocide plot. In the pandemic, the Guidestones have become evidence of an impending “great reset” of the world, with Covid-19 vaccines used to kill most people.
Conspiracy theorists are right about one thing about Guidestones: they are mysterious. Officially, no one knows the identity of the person who paid to install the Guidestones. In 1979, a man using the pseudonym RC Christian appeared in Elberton, claiming to represent “a group of loyal Americans” from the outside who wanted to erect a massive granite monument that could withstand a disaster.
For someone who wanted to buy over 100 tons of granite, Elberton was the right place. Dubbed the “Granite Capital of the World”, Elberton was known for its granite industry, so much so that some skeptics of the RC Christian story would later come to suspect that the Guidestones were created by local businessmen to draw attention to the city’s quarries.
Christian only revealed his true identity to two men, according to a 1989 article in the Los Angeles Times-the owner of the granite company who made the tablets and a banker who handled the purchases of the monument and the farmland where it currently stands. Both men have since died, theoretically taking the truth of Christian’s identity, and whether or not he existed, with them.
From their earliest days, the stones have been haunted by grim predictions. When construction began on the site, a local preacher predicted that the stones would be the site of a human sacrifice.
Guidestone conspiracy theories began to take off online in 2008, when right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Dice began demanding that the “satanic” Guidestones be taken apart and “broken into a million pieces”. Since then, Guidestones have appeared reliably on conspiracy theory websites – in 2012 a conservative blogger complained that Guidestones were a symbol of how the New World Order is “blatantly mocking us”. . One of the leaders of the anti-government Bundy rancher family’s 2016 confrontation with the federal government in Oregon became obsessed with the Guidestones, citing them as a major step on his path to radicalization.
In 2020, InfoWars chief Alex Jones visited the Guidestones and declared them a “temple of the post-human era”. These conspiracy theories have also turned the Guidestones into regular targets for vandalism.
Now Taylor, who worked as a teacher before becoming the far-right’s favorite candidate for governor, hopes to turn those ideas about the Guidestones’ sinister goal to her political advantage. After Taylor released his draft executive order, Wood, the libel lawyer-turned-conspiracy theorist, said tearing down the Guidestones should be a “litmus test” for Kemp and other primary candidates.
Taylor has continued his own attacks on the Guidestones since his campaign first offered to take them down, pointing out in a recent Telegram post that the Guidestones are about 666 miles from the United Nations headquarters in New York – a fact worrying for conspiracy theorists. .
“It’s no coincidence,” Taylor wrote. “They must be destroyed.”
Elberton is in a conservative corner of Georgia, in a heavily Republican congressional district. But the city is not eager to part ways with what it sees as a key tourist attraction and celebration of its granite industry. In an email to The Daily Beast, Elberton Mayor Daniel Graves rejected Taylor’s suggestion that the Guidestones be demolished, saying she should focus on celebrating the town’s granite production instead of “some outlandish conspiracy theories she watched on YouTube”.
“There is only one community in the world that could build such a monument,” Graves wrote. And that’s what we celebrate here and will continue to celebrate long after his campaign is forgotten.