The Platypus Affiliated Society organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old” (1920s-30s), “New” (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today.

Platypus at the University of Chicago

The Left is Dead! Long Live the Left! Come join our discussions on the history of the Left, current events and politics, and the possibilities of emanipatory politics today. Every week, we host:

Coffee Break @ Pret a Manger
Let's talk Left-wing politics! We digest current events, Left-wing history, the Platypus Review, or any topic of interest.
Reading Group @ Harper 141
Our annual reading group where we work through the crucial texts in the history of Marxism. Syllabus

Fall Events 2023

We also host panels and teach-ins throughout the quarter:

November 9
Thursday, 6-8PM
History and Helplessness Teach-in
Cobb 115
November 14
Tuesday, 6-8PM
Marxism and Liberalism Panel
Kent 120

Reading Group Schedule

Sunday 12PM @ Harper 141, Syllabus

All welcome, no prior knowledge required

Oct 1 What is the Left? I. Capital in History
Oct 8 What is the Left? II. Utopia and Critique
Oct 15 What is Marxism? I. Socialism
Oct 22 What is Marxism? II. Revolutions in 1848
Oct 29 What is Marxism? III. Bonapartism
Nov 5 What is Marxism? IV. Critique of Political Economy
Nov 12 What is Marxism? V. Reification
Nov 19 What is Marxism? VI. Class Consciousness
Dec 3 What is Marxism? VII. Ends of Philosophy