I have had, through various social media, a lot of interaction with the "barefoot" community, from purists to minimalists to dabblers. One thing I notice is how cohesive this group is. Not that there aren't disagreements, of course. Maybe it's the relative numbers that give a "small town" atmosphere to the barefoot community. It seems to be comprised of a small (compared to the shod group) group of people who really believe, based upon THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE, that reducing the amount of stuff surrounding your feet is a good thing. Nearly all of us used to run in over-priced name brand running shoes, and have the injuries to prove it. I have a bunion (I really hate that word, by the way) and the related adjoining toe problems on one foot from "running shoes" and boots, all of which I left permanently over 3 years ago. The other foot seems to have miraculously escaped permanent damage.
I believe it's like the camaraderie of a group of strangers taking shelter under an overhang in the rain. That may be the only thing they have in common, but it's enough at the moment. If you post a legitimate question on virtually any site, page, forum, etc., you will have, almost instantly, dozens of answers from people who have had it before. Everyone just wants to help. I never will go back to "real" shoes as some put it. The reasons? Better for my feet, legs, back, you name it. Plus, I like the company here too much.