1905–10; in political use < French minimaliste ( see minimal, -ist), translation of Russian men'shevík Menshevik; subsequent uses perhaps recoinage with minimal, -ist
Seeing this made a light go off. At that moment, I remembered this piece of audio:
VAN JONES: One of the things that has happened too often to progressives is that we don't understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals.
There's a lot in this audio beyond this one small piece, so it's easy to overlook the smaller things for the larger things - of which have been widely covered by others elsewhere. But I do not consider this to be a coincidence. Here we have a man who is so steeped in communist ideology, that he probably can't help but look at life through that lens. It has become totally embedded in his being.