"minimalists". Stop it already. normalize.css is great. Then apply global border-box in you app code if you so wish.
I agree Normalize is great. But always needed? We'll have to agree to disagree.
Normalize is never not needed unless you are are working on a widget or subset of another site/environment.
I've been tinkering with fairly small personal projects recently that actually didn't need Normalize.css although some form of reset or normalization is always nice to have. One "big" difference is that I don't like to completely remove every margin and padding for every element. The defaults for these things aren't that bad.
Similar but still different. It's up on Github for those interested: Clickity click