Under capitalism, shops are one of the places where our society is supposed to feel most alive.
What do shops have to do with capitalism? Even, what’s specific about capitalism to shops? Capitalism is a description of asset ownership – as is socialism. Shops exist in either model. Every economic model also requires distribution pints, something we might as well call a shop.
Market based economic systems might indeed stress shops more than non-market systems. Certainly, market based systems have long appeared to manage to put more into shops than non-market systems.
But markets and non-markets, capitalism and non-capitalism, these are entirely different axes upon which to judge or define a society.
That is, Andy Beckett is a cretin. Or, of course, simply one of the de haut en bas English with that centuries long disdain for trade.