Your criticisms are valid. The test is interesting, but quite flawed.
I consider myself to be an an-cap in as much as I believe that anarcho-capitalism is the ideal to which humanity should strive, so I would have expected the test to put me in the bottom right corner. Ron Paul should be down in that area too. I did end up in that lower right quadrant, but surprisingly, at only 2.5, far to the left of Obama on the left/right economic scale.
Now I believe in completely free markets, so the test had to interpret some of my answers as being less than free market. I can only conclude that the test developers made some poor assumptions about how I thought about each question. An example is this question:
The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.
Now I can see where some free market oriented folks might want to agree, even strongly with this, but my interpretation was that an answer in agreement would suggest that I'd be okay with a company polluting and beating their employees like dogs as long this behavior maximized profit. I'm not okay with that, so I answered "strongly disagree", which the test likely scored me as an economic interventionist (in favor of heavy handed government regulation).
The test flaw is that the developers didn't consider that, while I value social responsibility, I believe that the free market would actually work BETTER than government regulation to enforce it.
In a free market world, I'd avoid purchasing anything from such a company, I'd never consider working for them and discourage anyone else from doing so, and as a property owner I'd sue them if they polluted my property.
I suspect that the developers believe that in a completely free market world a company COULD maximize profits and still behave this way, whereas I believe that they could not.
The other flaw is that there are more than two dimensions to the political spectrum. This test measures, broadly, economics and social attitudes, but what about the empire -> republic -> anarchy dimension?
The test did a better job at grading me on the social attitude scale. I came out well to the libertarian side of the scale there, at -5.54.
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