The Georgia Guidestones' population control text explained

Bruno Cooke July 7, 2022
The Georgia Guidestones' population control text explained


In the George Guidestones’ relatively short history – they’ve only been there since 1980 despite their faux Neolithic appearance (people sometimes call them an “American Stonehenge” – they’ve been defaced, vandalised and now bombed.

Just two months ago, Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Kandiss Taylor released a campaign ad calling for their destruction.

She claimed a “Satanic regime”, “Luciferian Cabal” and “New World Order” controlled the world. The Guidestones, she said, should go. Alex Jones, in 2008, referred to them as “a cold testament to the elites’ sacred mission”.

An explosion early on Wednesday morning reduced them to rubble, the BBC reports. And authorities have since demolished them for safety reasons. But what do – or did – the Georgia Guidestones say about population control, and why did people feel so strongly about them?

What did the Georgia Guidestones say about population control?

In a nutshell, the Georgia Guidestones’ edicts contained a recommendation to keep Earth’s population below 500 million. That’s a half a billion. The population of the world today is almost eight billion, according to Worldometers.

The United Nations Population Division projects the world’s population will plateau – level out – at almost 11 billion in the year 2100. In other words, it’ll keep getting bigger before it gets smaller.

In 1980, the year the Georgia Guidestones were erected, the world’s population was about 4.5 billion, with an urban population of about 1.8 billion. 

What’s the exact quote from the Georgia Guidstones relating to population control?

The English portion of the inscription on the Georgia Guidestones starts with the following words: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.”

That’s according to Fox 5’s report. Find the full text at the bottom of this article.

In other words, the Guidestones’ author wanted to communicate their wish the total population of the Earth remained less than half a billion people. To this end, they wrote, we should “guide reproduction wisely”.

Who wrote the text on ‘Georgia’s Stonehenge’?

The man who commissioned the Georgia Guidestones, and presumably wrote or co-wrote the text for them, used a pseudonym – a fake name. The pseudonym he used was Robert C Christian.

Wired describes him as “an elegant grey-haired gentleman”. Christian contacted the Elberton Granite Finishing Company in 1979 on behalf of what he called “a small group of loyal Americans”.

He apparently explained to Elberton Granite’s president, Joe Fendley, that the structure he had in mind to build would serve as “compass, calendar, and clock”.

The idea was that, in the event of a civilisation-destroying apocalypse, survivors would be able to use the guides inscribed on the Georgia Guidestones’ slabs to re-establish a better civilisation than the one that had gone before.

Does anyone know who Robert C Christian really is, or where he is now?

When Wired wrote about the Georgia Guidestones in 2009, the outlet interviewed Wyatt Martin, then-president of the Granite City Bank.

He said Christian showed up to his office wearing “a very nice, expensive suit”. He was “well-spoken, obviously an educated person”.

Wyatt Martin negotiated an agreement with the man who called himself Robert C Christian. 

Christian would reveal his name – verify his identity – on the condition Martin promised to “serve as his sole intermediary, sign a confidentiality agreement pledging never to disclose the information to another living soul, and agree to destroy all documents and records related to the project when it was finished”.

He was “very serious about secrecy”, Martin told Wired.

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Full text of the Georgia Guidestones

The monument’s principal feature is – or rather was – its tens diktats. Inscribed on its outer faces in eight languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi and Swahili), they contain directives relating to population control, language, international law and the role of humanity.

Find them below, in full:

  • Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature
  • Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity
  • Unite humanity with a living new language
  • Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason
  • Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts
  • Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court
  • Avoid petty laws and useless officials
  • Balance personal rights with social duties
  • Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite
  • Be not a cancer on the Earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or