- Feb 2019
Agreeing that the Condorcet criterion is desirable is equivalent to saying that moderate candidates should always win.
Yes, candidates who are moderate relative to the voters should always win.
The goal of an election is to find the candidate who best represents the electorate. If the electorate is left-wing on average, the winner should be too. If the electorate is "strong on both personal freedoms and economic freedoms", then the winner should be too.
Anything else is undemocratic.
Condorcet winners are centrist by nature, regardless of the preferences of the electorate.
This isn't true. It's possible for a Condorcet candidate to be extremist relative to the other candidates or the electorate, since weak preferences are given equal weight to strong preferences. Simple example here:
not necessarily liked more than other candidates
This is true, but IRV doesn't choose the candidate who is most-liked (the "utilitarian winner"), either.