The Construction (and Destruction) of the Georgia Guidestones
This is why we can't have nice things
Even now, I’m surprised by how much the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones pisses me off. I mean, sure, I’m all for a little vandalism — even property destruction, if nobody gets hurt. But the stone monument in rural Georgia linked the present day to the old, weird America of the past. Its destruction, most likely the work of a conspiracy-addled extremely online individual, is a warning to people who dare stand out in a world that’s becoming increasingly humorless. You will be eliminated. It’s only a matter of time.
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The forces of stupidity and banality struck another low blow on July 6 when an unknown individual bombed the Georgia Guidestones in Elberton County, Georgia. The blast destroyed one of the four slabs that made up the bulk of the monument and damaged the capstone, rendering the whole thing unstable. A demolition crew tore the rest of it down later that day.
Known as “America’s Stonehenge,” the monument sat in a county-owned field off of Georgia Route 77 and was maintained by the Elberton Granite Association.
The bombing took place around 4:00 a.m. Surveillance footage shows the explosion, followed by a car leaving the crime scene:
In an email to NBC News, a prosecutor in Georgia called the bombing an act of domestic terrorism. “The destruction of a public building by explosives is inherently intended to influence the actions of the governing authority that owns the structure,” Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White said. “The use of violence to sway or alter the behavior of any government agency is terrorism.” White’s office will handle any potential prosecution.
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