A coping mechanism
used to survive an oppressive, chaotic, system of government which crushes the under classes to which the Švejker
usually begins with efforts to obtain certification or accommodation
from the rulers in power that the Švejker
has some type of disability or infirmity. The incapacity
should be such as to render the recipient incompetent and not responsible for his actions.
proceeds to carry out his job duties
ends, and throw monkeywrenches into the system periodically. Yet, the Švejker remains
continually untouchable because of his "incompetence".
“There are definite advantages to Švejking
On the long running
TV Series M.A.S.H., The Character Clinger was the ultimate
See also: Jaroslav Hašek's book, The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War.
(The novel was banned
from the Czechoslovak
army in 1925, the Polish
translation was confiscated
in 1928, the Bulgarian translation was suppressed in 1935, and the German translation burned on Nazi bonfires
Gustáv Husák, the General Secretary of the Czechoslovak
Communist Party in a speech during the 1970's period of "normalization" in that
country, exhorted the population to "STOP ŠVEJKING