In the USA, Ralph Nader was nominated by many third parties and influenced a massive exodus from the major parties who became a second party called Independent, or Decline to State Party or No Party Preference. These folks give all their personal information to the governemnt to vote, but they have no choice or voice on the ballot. What is on the ballot is handed to them by the other parties.
All Nader won was multiple lawsuits in multiple states. MSM censored him and both major parties teamed up against him, courts through him out and the public.
Ron Paul has offered us an opportunity for a good fight and I believe the good long hard look should be at how to take it.