Table of contents

  • Introduction—Fiona Jeffries
  • Part I:: Historicizing
  • Marcus Rediker: : The Theatre and Counter-Theatre of Fear
  • Silvia Federici: : Remembering Resistance, from the Witch Hunts to Alter-Globalization
  • Part II:: Theorizing
  • David Harvey: : Indignant Cities
  • Nandita Sharma:: Terror and Mercy at the Border
  • John Holloway:: We Are the Fragility of the System
  • Part III:: Practicing
  • Lydia Cacho:: Dangerous Journalism
  • Sandra Moran:: Feminist Indignation
  • Gustavo Esteva:: Political Courage and the Strange Persistence of Hope
  • Wendy Mendez:: Remembering the Disappeared, Revealing Hidden Histories of Resistance


While the scale of recent uprisings may be unprecedented, the refusal of fear is not unique to our time.

As the Egyptian revolution gained momentum, a common refrain echoed across Tahrir Square: “The wall of fear came down!” Mass protests against fear and authoritarianism have also rumbled across the aggrieved streets and plazas of Tunis, Athens, Madrid, NYC, Istanbul, Mexico City, Delhi, and beyond. Fiona Jeffries brings together an international group of scholars and activists—Marcus Rediker, Silvia Federici, David Harvey, Nandita Sharma, John Holloway, Lydia Cacho, Sandra Moran, Gustavo Esteva, and Wendy Mendez—and asks them how can we think critically in a world awash in fear.


Jeffries has assembled the words of this impressive group of thinkers in Nothing to Lose But Our Fear to offer valuable insights into the ways fear is mobilized by neoliberal, patriarchal states around the globe, as well as how fear rallies individuals to act together in resistance.

- Fazeela Jiwa